Steve heads the venture investments for Pantera Capital. Steve is an entrepreneur whose experience spans the lifecycle of venture-backed startups. In 2000, he joined Infrasearch, a peer-to-peer search engine acquired by Sun Microsystems. He held several positions at Sun, including creating the Honeycomb storage product line. He co-founded RPX Corporation and helped grow it through IPO. He then co-founded Koru Ventures, an investment firm providing loans using IP as collateral. At Fortress Investment Group, he served as CTO of the IP finance group. Steve is on the board of ChangeTip, a social media bitcoin tipping platform. He holds Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. degrees in engineering from Cambridge University, where he received the Isaac Newton prize for Ph.D. research.
Pantera Capital is an investment firm focused exclusively on Bitcoin, other digital currencies and companies in the space. Bitcoin is an entirely new thing – a “post-currency” ledger – that is borderless, secure, low-cost and which allows virtually instantaneous payment and transfer. We believe Bitcoin has the potential to transform the way we use money, and that it will do for payments what the Internet has done for communications and commerce.