breeding a new generation of enlightened software that can think and act autonomously
facilitating data communications between machines using the internet
generating data for intelligent software about the environment and providing the ability to take action
protecting the integrity of machines, the data they communicate, and the systems they control
ability of machines to move in the environment
Steve is Co-Founder and General Partner of Riot Ventures, an early stage venture fund based in Los Angeles. He is a futurist and believes that the next 20 years of humanity will be profoundly affected by advances in technology.
Steve came to Riot having been an entrepreneur with over 20 years building wireless networks end-to-end. He has also invested in dozens of tech companies including a half dozen unicorns that collectively have over $150B of market capitalization.
Steve led Riot's investments in Toast (restaurant OS), Desktop Metal (industrial additive manufacturing), Shield.AI (autonomy for defense), Subspace (low latency internet), Meter (CT scanning), Assetario (real time pricing for gaming companies), LynkState (observability for the global internet), and Herophilus (brain organoid drug discovery platform).
Steve received a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. In his spare time, Steve enjoys piloting helicopters and airplanes, competitive tennis, high stakes poker, meeting the locals and exploring strange new places.
His superpower is accelerating portfolio company business development, hiring, product strategy, and fundraising. Will is from the Washington DC area and earned his BBA from James Madison University.
On weekends, Will can be found surfing, entertaining friends at his home in Venice beach and petting strangers' dogs.