Founder and CEO @ Famo.us
- Berkeley, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Steve Newcomb's Overview
- Founder and CEO at famo.us
- Senior Fellow - UC Berkeley at FounderSchool
Steve Newcomb's Summary
Things I have accomplished that I am most proud of:
1) I married my wife and we got it right;
2) I gained the ability to admit my fears of failing;
3) I have lost the fear of trying bold new things;
4) I have understood and accepted the weight of asking people to join me;
5) I have helped a special few to come of age, face their fears and find out who they are;
6) I have always tried to tell the truth to my team members even when it was bad news;
7) I have always tried to share my knowledge expecting nothing in return;
8) I have helped others to create startups and succeed in the face of great challenges;
9)I have done what I thought was right even when it caused me great personal loss;
10) I have failed and gotten back up, I have lost my integrity for false promise and regained it through great personal suffering
Things I want to accomplish:
1) I would like to have children and get that right;
2) I would like to be seen as a monument to integrity;
3) I would like get rid of all of my self doubts;
4) I would like to make my life about being selfless through the act of selfish accomplishment;
5) I would like to not care what other people think;
6) I would like to teach at a university and then start my own to do it right;
7) I would like to see humanity live up to what I believe it should be;
8) I would like to invent a technology that eliminates email from second-handers like spam;
9) I would like to blend the philosophy of Ayn Rand with my vision of humanity;
10) I would like to convince others that neither benevolance nor making money is capable of sustaining humanity as a primary function. They are both secondary effects of invention and creation.
Steve Newcomb's Experience
Founder and CEO
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry
May 2011 – Present (3 years 6 months) Berkeley, CA
Whoever enables the average developer to quickly and cheaply build performant HTML5 web-apps will create a billion dollar business and unlock a multi-billion dollar ecosystem.
Much like Apple and Microsoft created a common UI experience on PCs, someone needs to do the same for mobile apps. Whoever does will bring great value to consumers and app builders and at the same time will build a defensible position for themselves.
Microsoft and Apple owned the OS, Oracle owned the database, and Google owned the search engine, but no one has ever owned the UI layer. Whoever does own it for mobile devices will own something insanely valuable - every tap event that exists for each user. Imagine the company that owns the UI layer on top of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail, that would enable that company to build the first unified social graph.
Senior Fellow - UC Berkeley
January 2011 – Present (3 years 10 months)
FounderSchool, a program founded in partnership with the The University of California at Berkeley's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in the College of Engineering. FounderSchool is a 10-week startup program, led by serial entrepreneur Steve Newcomb. Steve selects 5 entrepreneurs amongst all UC Berkeley Students and helps them get seed financing.
In the summer of 2011 the first experimental cohort was ran and the program raised $3 million dollars for the startups in the program - which is more money raised for entrepreneurs at UC Berkeley in one summer than in the entire history of all other entrepreneurship awards, business plans and other competitions combined since the school began such programs.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Educational Institution; 11-50 employees; Higher Education industry
September 2009 – April 2010 (8 months)
Founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Think Tanks industry
May 2008 – February 2010 (1 year 10 months) Incubated 1BOG, Carrotmob and GreenOptions Media
Virgance uses the power of social networks to create positive change through positive activism. The company is a ground breaking approach to building a B Corporation (a new type of company that has doing good as part of its charter) that launches various campaigns on Facebook and other social networks that drive change that has a positive effect on the environment and other social issues.
Founder & COO
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry
December 2005 – October 2007 (1 year 11 months) Funded by Peter Thiel, FoundersFund and Foundation Capital - sold to MSFT
Sold to Microsoft for ~$100 million.
All divisions of the company reported up to Mr. Newcomb in his role as COO including engineering, network operations, data center operations, product development, marketing, finance, human resources and administration.
Mr. Newcomb was in charge of building the team (70 people) at Powerset from the ground up, executing the development of the product and raising capital for the company.
Board of Directors
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry
December 2006 – September 2007 (10 months)
Jaxtr is a social communications company based in Palo Alto, CA. Jaxtr was founded in October 2005 by Phillip Mobin and Touraj Parang with the mission to bring voice to social networks and blogs. With the free jaxtr service, users link their phones with their online network to hear from callers worldwide while keeping their existing phone numbers private.
General Manager Mobile Division
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry
2004 – January 2006 (2 years)
General manager of Promptu mobile division with responsibilities for P/L, marketing, business development, corporate development and product development direct reports.
After serving CEO as an advisor for Promptu TV (a private company backed by Motorola, Scansoft and leading Venture Capital firms), Mr. Newcomb was asked to head up the efforts to create a new mobile division. Created the initial vision, completed funding, hired team and managed the operational execution of building Promptu's voice enabled mobile search product lines.
Manages operational budget for 40+ people, builds and engages in executive level relationships with carrier and strategic partners and negotiates definitive agreements with customers.
Founder & Managing Partner
Venture Capital & Private Equity industry
2002 – 2004 (2 years)
Mr. Newcomb was General Manager and founder of Nekei, where he built a product marketing consulting company comprised of leading visionaries from Microsoft, Moxi, WebTV, Sun, Verisign and Intel. At Nekei, Mr. Newcomb advised CEOs at a wide variety of public and private companies on the roll out of new Internet, Voice, Video and Mobile product lines.
France Telecom (Orange Wireless, Wanadoo, MaLigneTV)
Building business models to support integrated mobile and television products that integrate voice, video, data and mobile services.
Promptu TV (Voice Controlled TV)
Advised Board of Directors and CEO on funding completing 22M funding round.
Entone (IP Video on Demand)
Advised CEO on businees model and funding strategy leading to a 16M fund raise
Founder & VP Product
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Events Services industry
2000 – 2002 (2 years)
Sold to Intellisync (Nokia)
Founded a company to connect the mobile, television and home networking devices under an integrated middleware platform resulting in a single user interface across all platforms. Completed product and went to market in 1 year, solidified relationships with core telecommunication operators, mobile OEMs, set top manufacturers. Acquired in 2002 by Intellisync then Nokia.
Senior Director (Telecommunications)
Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
1998 – 2000 (2 years)
Public in 1999 and sold to DiData for ~$400 million
Responsible for the creation of telecommunications division with Proxicom, grew division to $40 million per year in revenue, managed a team of 40 strategy and engineering resources. Acquired by Dimention Data in 2000 for $400M
Worked with senior management team of SBC to create and execute a plan to build a 400 person division focused on completing the DSL rollout and building a team to focus on laying media and Internet products on top of the DSL service
Director Software Engineering
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; STO; Oil & Energy industry
March 1993 – May 1998 (5 years 3 months)
Eastern Energy sold to Statoil for a little more than $2 billion.
Responsible for software engineer for North American operations including real time trading systems, credit management systems and futures trading systems. Managed an internal team of 25 with 3 direct reports.
Served under executives in Stavanger Norway, London, Washington DC and Houston, Texas.
Steve Newcomb's Skills & Expertise
- Mobile Applications
- Graphic Design
- User Interface Design
- User Experience
- User Generated Content
- Web Animation
- Animation Design
- JQuery Mobile
- Corporate Culture
- Search Engine Technology
- HTML 5
- jQuery Mobile
- Ruby on Rails
- Strategic Partnerships
- Program Management
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