Steve is an entrepreneur with deep experience building network infrastructure companies including content delivery networks (CDNs), virtual private networks (VPNs) and a variety of other IP based software services. Throughout his career founding, leading, and building companies, Steve has established a culture that is rooted in entrepreneurialism and a passion for technology and service. Over the past 10 years, he has raised over $800 million in debt and equity financing. Steve has twice been named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has accepted top honors in the SMART Awards.
Steve began working with the Defy team 14 years ago, as Neil sat on the board of Highwinds from the inception of the CDN. The company grew both organically and inorganically as Steve completed five acquisitions before the sale. He built the company into an IP services powerhouse by creating one of the world’s fastest CDNs, a massive GDN for global gaming customers and a variety of consumer applications. He built the company profitability, which differentiates it from most of its competitors. Steve is on the Board of HonorLock and also represents Defy in its investment in Triller.
Steve’s extensive experience in the software industry includes executive posts at Openwave and bCandid, among others. In these roles, he led an aggressive entry into the enterprise IP services software market, driving sales initiatives and winning business with the world’s leading telecoms and ISPs. He currently sits on the boards of Defy portfolio company HonorLock and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). Most importantly he is a proud father and enjoys spending every moment he can with his family.