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Steve Shapero

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Principal Product Engineer, SPAN Digital Innovation. Previously Partner & Principal, Substantial. McGill grad.

Principal Product Engineer, SPAN Digital Innovation. Previously Partner & Principal, Substantial. McGill grad.

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Software Development Engineer January 2005 - May 2008
Sr. Software Development Manager Lending Club July 2015 - present
Technical Director Huge October 2014 - July 2015
Principal Product Engineer SPAN Digital Innovation March 2014 - October 2014
Partner & Principal Substantial May 2013 - January 2014
VP, Engagement Substantial October 2011 - May 2013
CTO Satellite Records March 2010 - October 2011
Technical Director Intersect May 2008 - May 2010
Software Development Engineer Amazon January 2005 - May 2008
Online Store Director Satellite Records May 2001 - January 2005
DJ & Producer Freeskool July 1996 - October 2003
Software Developer 1998 - 1999


McGill University Cultural Studies October 1994 - October 1998
University of Maryland College Park English Language and Literature/Letters 1992 - 1994

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Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Local
  • • Green
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Fashion
  • • Music
  • • Social Impact
  • • Commerce
  • • Healthcare
  • • Education
  • • Records

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Chris Young
We worked together  •  Founder, Managing Director, ChefSteps and Senior Consultant, Johnson and Wales University. University of Washington grad.
Steve was incredibly helpful to my company in it's earliest stages. He helped us solidify our initial vision and get it launched. His abilit ... y to lead a team, bring people to a shared vision, and generally get stuff done is why I would gladly work with him again.
David Levine
They're my mentor  •  Founder/CEO, Geostellar. Previously VP Business Development, Lanworth. Yale grad.
Steve is brilliant and driven. Passionate about optimizing efficiency in processes and proper allocation of resources.
Brad Gibson
They're my friends  •  CTO, LearnBIG and Founder & CEO, Human Enginuity Incorporated. The University of Western Ontario grad.
I've always known Steve to be a thoughtful, creative and passionate entrepreneur, with innovative solutions to difficult problems. I love h ... ow he consistently tackles tough challenges that turn others back to base camp.
Jeremy Borden
We worked together  •  President and Chief Operating Officer, Substantial. Previously Director of IT, Decibel Festival. University of Washington grad.
Equally at home working with Fortune 500 execs, crafting a new business strategy, or rolling up his sleeves to grind on the tasks of the day ... , Steve is one of those rare gems who reads his environment and finds the most high-impact way to contribute. He’s a true cross-functional leader with great knowledge and intuition for technology, design, product strategy, business development, and just about anything else you need to run a successful company. Steve is a quintessential entrepreneur if I’ve ever seen one.
Demian Entrekin
We worked together  •  Founder and CTO, Bluescape, a new Joint Venture and Principal, SplitStep Solutions. San Francisco State grad.
He brings passion to his work every day
We worked together
Steve has a unique ability to bridge the gap between technical engineering and client/business drivers. He has a strong background as an eng ... ineer at Amazon as well as leading engineering teams for product development. He has also managed client relationships for large brands like Liz Claiborne and has experience running operations as a VP at Substantial. He is very intelligent, charismatic and would add great value to any company or partnership he is involved with.
Alison Cole
We worked together  •  Associate Director of Technical Project Management, Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners and Owner / Lead Designer, PermaFlora.
Steve is not only one of the most intelligent people I've ever met but he can sell ice to eskimo. With his sharp mind, incredible social ski ... lls and his well-read background he's a force to be reckoned with.
We worked together
Steve is extremely good at taking amorphous business/product ideas and translating them into implementation. He is a very good developer and ... excellent leader. He commands the respect of engineers, designers and strategists equally well. He excels at reducing big initiatives into manageable chunks of work and really understands Lean development principles and how to incorporate in-market learning. Go Steve!
Greg Musick
We worked together  •  Lead Developer, Substantial. Previously Principal Engineer, Getty Images.
Steve is an incredibly talented technologist. He can perform at the highest levels in all parts of the product development lifecycle - from ... concept to cash. His Lean-thinking background puts him in a prime position to build something from the ground up with high efficiency and minimal waste.

Jonathan Schmidt
We worked together  •  JavaScript Engineer, Senior Front End Developer, Alexander Interactive (Ai). Previously Senior Web Developer, HUGE.
Jonathan has been around the technology industry for 2 decades now. We both started in the .com days of the 90's in NYC, and I have watched ... him roll with all the ups and downs of that time and come out on top. He is great with people, charismatic, entertaining and thoughtful. He has the hardcore tech skills to be able to execute or manage builders. He is a very adventuresome person and his extensive travel around the world and diverse background and experiences give him a broad view beyond just the tech buzzwords of the day.

Jeremy Borden
President and Chief Operating Officer, Substantial. Previously Director of IT, Decibel Festival. University of Washington grad.
Jeremy is able to quickly cut through the clutter of any problem, whether it is how much to worry about scaling a web app or whether a claus ... e in a contract is worth fussing about or not. He is able to dive deep into the details of financial analysis and then take a step back and evaluate the most strategically significant aspects of the big picture. Jeremy's secret weapon is the great rapport he is able to build with everyone from the office manager to the CEO who just signed a contract.