Recruited and managed the product management team during first years of profitable venture-backed start-up. • Prioritized and specified the features developed by Engineering....more Established the standard for creating feature specifications and customer and peer-review input processes. • Developed 40+ specifications resulting in several top-revenue producing features and 6 pending patents (1 granted). • Managed approximately a quarter of Ingenio’s headcount (25) in teams focused on the customers selling advice. o Teams included: Communications, Affiliate Marketing, Play Fair, and Customer Service. Turned around teams with measurable results after management changes. o Example: Customer Service tripled service levels while reducing headcount by 50% in 12 months.
Ingenio's solutions include the Pay Per Call Advertising Network, which seamlessly integrates the Web and the phone to help businesses acquire new customers and grow revenue.
Steven is a great resource for any founder or anyone networking in the valley. He was helpful before he invested, he was easy to work with on the investment, and he has added value since. He helped us...more hire a key executive, bringing in better candidates than our external executive recruiter. You hear a lot of chatter about "value add" investors -- but it's often not clear what that value is -- it is fuzzy and subjective. Steven with Team Builder Ventures has a crystal clear message and he delivers on that message. Josh Melick
Several Product Management roles
1993 - 1999 (about 6 years)
• Two-time recipient of the highest rating (4.5) at Microsoft. • Shipped 4 first version products & 7 total products • Led team that received the best win/loss record...more for technical product reviews in server applications • Top 10% ranked presenter at Microsoft sales events. Represented Microsoft as speaker at industry conferences.
Won the 2 top awards at Zynga: Spirit Award & Atlas "Hero" Award. Built teams in the San Francisco and India offices (Web and Mobile) over 4+ years.
Built product team at Ingenio and helped take the Benchmark Capital-backed start-up from pre-launch to profitability. Ingenio pioneered the pay-per-call ad model (acquired by AT&T Interactive). Hold 2 patents.
Microsoft from 1993-1999. Twice awarded the highest rating for product managers.
Angel investments include:
Fusion-io (IPO 2011; investment by Accel & Andreessen Horowitz)
Platfora (Andreessen Horowitz led Series A)
Zuora (Benchmark & Greylock)
Applifier (acquired by Unity Technologies)
ZipDial (acquired by Twitter)
Team Builder Ventures deals include: Tonal, Fulfil, Culture Biosciences.
Co-founded the Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy group. Member of the Year award (2005). www.fullcirclefund.org
Steven is an incredibly well connected investor who adds true value in addition to his money. He has connected us to super talented employees, C-level execs, advisors and customers. His network is unparalled and he works hard to add value to everyone in his network. He is a true team builder.
Founder & CEO of @applifier (cross-promo for games, >150 million users). Main organizer of ASSEMBLY festival. Console games, steering group at @f-secure.
Steven is an unparalleled combination of enthusiasm, diligence, intelligence, leadership and team building. I worked for him during my initial assignments at Zynga and learnt a lot from him.
During his 2 years at India, he managed multi million dollar businesses, hired and managed great talent, and was responsible for the growth of studio.
His leadership, people skills and energy adds a significant positive impact to the team. He is an asset to any executive team. Above all he is also a fantastic human being.
For Steven Lurie's work at Zynga
Steven is an amazing connector to talent. We run one of the largest if not the largest recruiting platform for startups, and yet Steven consistently sources and sends high-quality candidates from I-don't-know-where. Get him as an investor and you have a high-level, high-quality recruiter on the team.
Founder Holo3D • Worked at @zynga, @lucasarts • Studied at @university-of-california-berkeley-1
Steven is a great resource for any founder or anyone networking in the valley. He was helpful before he invested, he was easy to work with on the investment, and he has added value since. He helped us hire a key executive, bringing in better candidates than our external executive recruiter. You hear a lot of chatter about "value add" investors -- but it's often not clear what that value is -- it is fuzzy and subjective. Steven with Team Builder Ventures has a crystal clear message and he delivers on that message.
Cofounder at Broadly. Passionate about business, sales, technology, and adventure. Engineer turned PM turned passionate sales driver. Find that growth!
I've had the pleasure of working with Steven over the last few years. As a foreign founder, Steven was an invaluable resource that gave a huge kick-start to our team-building and networking efforts in the Valley.
Steven brings a unique and personal approach to team building as a 'non-recruiter', which for us has resulted in both really great hires and connections made!
Lots of VCs try to pitch you on their "added value", but Steven is one who actually delivers. By focusing exclusively on recruiting and tirelessly working each week to send over qualified candidates, he provides an amazing service for his portfolio companies. Steven helped us fill one of our most critical and challenging roles. Team Builder Ventures gets my highest recommendation.
CEO @prenav: precision navigation for drones. Previously product/mktg @wubyu, @lolapps, @ea, @microsoft. Studied computer music and rowed @stanford-university.
Steven has been incredibly helpful, both to Clara Lending, and to me personally. He's helped us build a great team by introducing my to a number of high-caliber professionals, several of whom ended up joining us.
He's passionate about the challenge of team building and his unique superpower is connecting talent with need in a way that is the best mutual match. He's helped me structure the process.
He understood our business very quickly and was able to convey the opportunity to others. He's been a great advocate of Clara.
I've been very lucky to know him and any founder or company that works with him should likewise consider themselves lucky.