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Steve Douty

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

CEO and Co-founder of Smaarts, Inc. Advisor, Filey and Advisor, Gearsay. Dartmouth College grad.

CEO and Co-founder of Smaarts, Inc. Advisor, Filey and Advisor, Gearsay. Dartmouth College grad.

7 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Moxie Software, Inc.
Smaarts, Inc.
Groopix, Inc.
Groopix, Inc.
Octopus Software


Appian Ventures LP
Filey, Inc.
Goodmail Systems, Inc.
Blazemeter, Inc.
Goodmail Systems
Octopus Software, Inc.
Gearsay, Inc.
Fonolo, Inc.
Scayl, Inc.
GearSay, Inc.
The Village Doctor
Smaarts, Inc.
NS Extreme
Scayl "Email without Limits"
Filey, Inc.
Goodmail Systems

Side Projects

Gearsay, Inc.
Fonolo, Inc.


CEO Scayl "Email without Limits" October 2014 - present
CEO Nexo, Inc. October 2014 - present
Advisor Scayl, Inc. July 2014 - September 2014
VP Applications, Communities and Mobile Product Management Yahoo! January 2011 - June 2012
Co-founder and EVP of Products, Platform & Marketing Moxie Software, Inc. April 2007 - March 2010
Director Adomo, Inc. June 2002 - July 2007
VP Marketing, Sales & Bus Dev Hotmail June 1996 - December 1997
Advisor BlazeMeter August 2014 - present
Advisor GearSay, Inc. January 2013 - present
Advisor The Village Doctor March 2005 - present
Advisor Smaarts, Inc. March 2014 - July 2015
Advisor NS Extreme May 2014 - May 2015
Advisor Scayl "Email without Limits" July 2014 - September 2014
Advisor Filey, Inc. March 2013 - August 2014
CEO and Co-founder Smaarts, Inc. August 2012 - July 2014
VP Applications, Communities and Mobile Product Management Yahoo January 2011 - June 2012
Member, Board of Directors MenuMax June 2007 - March 2012
EVP, Marketing and Business Development LivePerson May 2010 - December 2010
Founder and Director Groopix, Inc. March 2007 - September 2010
Co-founder and EVP of Products, Platform & Marketing Moxie June 2007 - May 2010
Advisor Goodmail Systems January 2005 - November 2008
Director Adomo June 2002 - July 2007
Founder and CEO Groopix, Inc. 2003 - 2007
Co-founder and CEO Octopus Software July 1999 - March 2002
Director of Media Programming and Business Planning, MSN Microsoft January 1998 - July 1999
VP Marketing, Sales & Bus Dev Microsoft June 1996 - December 1997
VP Marketing Tricord Systems, Inc July 1995 - June 1996
General Manager BSG, Inc. 1991 - 1995
CIO Paradyne November 1989 - October 1991
Senior Account Executive Paradyne April 1988 - November 1989
Account Executive Forsythe Technology May 1987 - April 1988
Marketing Associate IBM December 1984 - May 1987


Dartmouth College Math & Computer Science 1978 - 1982
Roger Ludlowe High School, Fairfield, CT 1976 - 1978
St. John's School, Waterloo, Belgium 1971 - 1976
American School Foundation, Monterrey, Mexico 1964 - 1971

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Mobile
  • • Video

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Platforms • Entrepreneurship • Startups • Mobile Applications

Key Accomplishments

I'm currently running my sixth start-up, Smaarts, Inc. We're an 18-month-old enterprise security company focused on detecting malware infections and "kill chains" in progress in real time. Unlike other solutions which work with stored log and activity data, we analyze signals at the moment they stream into our system and perform in-memory analytics on-the-fly. This reduces the time to detect valid problems from days to seconds. We are about to start working with our second pilot customer.

I have three exits, totaling almost $900M with an average return on investment of 17.5X. I was also a co-founder of Moxie Software, which is doing about $40M/year today.

I've been an advisor to many companies and enjoy sharing all that I have learned - through mistakes I've made, serendipity and pure sweat - with younger entrepreneurs. These companies have been in the B2C, B2B and B2B2C spaces. My view is that the B2C experience determines the success of a company, and defines the success of B2B relationships that leverage the B2C experience.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Sharing ideas, learning about unfamiliar markets, trading learning experiences, always trying to get better at being a successful entrepreneur.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Mark Soane
They're my school  •  Managing Director, Glidepath Partners and Director, mQuiq. Stanford GSB grad. Dartmouth College grad.
Very well connected, creative and smart. He is a serial entrepreneur who believes in doing things right. He has deep experience in techno ... logy.
Mike Bang
We worked together  •  Director, Professional Services Operations and PMO, Mentor Graphics. Northwestern grad.
well rounded, loads of successful startup experience
Eli Nir
They're my advisor: Filey, Inc.  •  Founder, Hondo Software. Previously Co-Founder & CEO, Filey Inc. ($1mm raised). Avid entrepreneur, product manager, biz dev.
Steve is a strategic advisor for Filey. His past experience as an early hire at Hotmail and as one of the lead executives at Yahoo! provides ... a great insight into our industry. Steve's contribution to Filey's product is irreplaceable.
Colby Thames
We worked together  •  Managing Partner, Stryve Advisors. Previously EVP - Insight & Advisory Services, nGenera Corporation.
Great vision, sets great workplace tone
Keith Teare
They're my advisor: other  •  Founder & CEO, Inc. and Founder, Archimedes Labs.
He has vast startup experience and great contacts, he is both supportive and honest.
Doug Galen
They're my friends  •  Board of Advisors, Edgemakers, Inc. and Board of Advisors, Voxeet - Group conferencing, redefined.. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Steve has the rare skill set of setting a strategic vision, defining the product strategy, recruiting great people, and building a great org ... all built into one person.
Doug Ballinger
They're my friends  •  Chairman, PageDNA. Previously President, PageDNA. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
He's done it before at Hotmail and several other startups. He knows tech and he's got a lot of experience.

Eli Nir
They're my advisor  •  Founder, Hondo Software. Previously Co-Founder & CEO, Filey Inc. ($1mm raised). Avid entrepreneur, product manager, biz dev.
Eli already IS a great entrepreneur. He sets clear goals, is willing to listen to his customers, colleagues and advisors, and he knows where ... he wants to go. What he's done with Filey is remarkable.

Joe Beninato

Joe will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jim Kingman

Jim will make an awesome entrepreneur.

J. Kim Fennell

J. will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Stephanie Tan

Stephanie will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Vikram Bhan

Vikram will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jeff Stein

Jeff will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Hayden Brown

Hayden will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jim Kingman
They're my friends  •  Owner, InnerStep and CEO, Lumenetix Inc..
Jim has been running his own business for as long as I've known him - which is about 15 years now. He's a rare combination of smart and grea ... t to be around.

Jeff Stein
They're my advisor  •  Founder, GearSay, Inc. and Partner, WilmerHale.
Jeff is someone who has the kind of tenacity it takes to make a company successful. He's very smart, and he also a great listener - he know ... s how to surround himself with the people that it takes to pull off a startup and he realizes that he doesn't know everything. Great guy!

Jade Bouhmouch
Senior Investment Analyst, Merrill Lynch. Previously Investment Associate, Merrill Lynch. Rock climber.

Andrea Merten
They're my friends  •  Executive Marketing Consultant, Market Strategies International. Previously Vice President Marketing, Whisper Communications.
She's really driven, smart, driven and has the personality to attract many followers.

Kare is one of the most insightful people I've had the pleasure of knowing. Whether it's communicating with customers, employees, the Public ... , or any combination of the above, she delivers powerful insights about reaching an audience and creating productive relationships with them. She would be a great asset as an advisor to any company in our FD sphere.

Mike Roeder
Software Engineer, Dropbox. Previously Senior Software Engineer, Orchestra, Inc.. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
I've known Mike since 2007, in the earliest days of Moxie Software. He's a very strong developer and I was always impressed with his user-ce ... ntric POV, if not obsession. He's easy to work with, fun to talk to, and has a great knack for making complicated concepts easier to understand. To me, that's a key role for an advisor - can you empathize with the CEO and provide a level of clarity and understanding that can be applied to challenges, opportunities, technical issues, etc. that a company is having...