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Steve Madere

Entrepreneur • Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

Chief Technology Officer, DecisionGrid, Inc. Formerly: Founder DejaNews (acquired by Google).

Chief Technology Officer, DecisionGrid, Inc. Formerly: Founder DejaNews (acquired by Google).

3 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Back End Engineering
  • Product
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Product

Involved In


Quantera Systems, LLC
Deja News




Austin Area Managing Director FounderDating 2014 - present
Principal Steve Madere Consulting January 2000 - present
Cofounder, Chief Technology Officer Quantera Systems, LLC April 2010 - June 2013
Chief Technology Officer Barfly December 2007 - March 2010
Founder April 2006 - April 2008
consultant HHSC TIERS 2002 - 2003
Founder 1999 - 2001
Founder Deja News 1995 - 2001
Software Consultant TKG 1992 - 1995
Contract Software Developer IBM 1990 - 1992
Software Engineer MCC 1989 - 1990


University of California, San Diego Physics 1987 - 1989
The University of Texas at Austin Physics 1983 - 1987

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Ruby • Ruby on Rails • Algorithms • Databases • Large Scale Systems • Systems Architecture

Key Accomplishments

Founded Dejanews, the Usenet search engine in 1995. Served as CEO until mid 1997 when I recruited my replacement and became CTO. Raised over 60 million in venture capital over 5 years. Grew the company to 150 employees of which about 80 were in engineering. Sold to Google and eBay in 2000.

I was recruited as CTO of Barfly in 2007. Recruited the engineering team, designed, built and deployed the company's interactive digital signage platform all in 8 months. Initial deployment was to several hundred locations with no major outages. Barfly was sold
to TouchTunes in 2009.

These were both high-availability applications and Dejanews had very high performance and capacity
requirements. I have acquired a tremendous amount of practical knowledge about technical operations and
designing for flexibility and reliability from these

I also have significant high-frequency securities trading experience.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I have experience in all aspects of a high tech startup.

I am able to assist in product strategy, fund raising,
operations and recruiting executives,

Even when I am only doing technology work, I do it with the business knowledge necessary to fill in the gaps in requirements.

I am practical, business focused, and I design systems and business operations to maximize agility.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Matthew Mengerink
We worked together at DejaNews
Steve is already proven himself to be an amazing entrepreneur in the creation of DejaNews. He is one of the top 5 smartest people I have me ... t in my life. His idea flow is phenomenal. Additionally, he's grounded in what is possible to do in a timely fashion. I hold Steve in the highest regard. He was fundamental to my professional growth and I count him amongst my closest friends.
Sandeep Mathur
They're my current cofounder
Steve has started multiple successful companies (, Barfly & MixZing.) from the ground up. He has the unique ability to take a startu ... p idea and work on it from both business and technology sides better than anyone else I have worked with. When faced with a problem, Steve has repeatedly shown the ability to get to the bottom of the core issues with a combination of excellent analytical skills and carefully designed real world experiments.
Stephen Straus
We worked together at Barfly Interactive Networks
Steve has been a startup founder and executive several times over. We worked together at Barfly Interactive Networks where he came in and s ... aved our bacon because of the situation our previous engineering lead left behind. Steve ran engineering from a very early stage through our acquisition. He was able to hire and lead a team that creatively built out our full system and then kept streamlining it so it could be run and supported by our operations team. He's very good technically both as a programmer and technical leader. Steve just gets things done.

Charlie Madere
They're my friends
Charlie has already run two successful small start up companies as well as effective sales organizations within larger companies.

David Staffel
We worked together
David is really smart about product marketing and has a talent for selling potential customers on the vision of a product as well.

Sandeep Mathur
We worked together
Sandeep knows how to build products quickly and has worked in entrepreneurial ventures as a founder and key executive for over 15 years.

Bobby Beckmann

Bobby has started several companies in Austin and is currently working as CTO of Bloomfire.

Charlie Madere

Charlie is a serial entrepreneur and a talented senior sales executive. He has a creative drive and instinct to find and fill market needs. ... He is also relentless in his pursuit of his goals.

Chris Cowan
They're my friends  •  Previously Software Developer, CDI, Sr. Member Technical Staff, SRA, Manager of Support, TimesN Systems, Director of Eng, 2ndWave
Chris is ready to do what it takes to build a product and see it through to customer adoption. He adapts quickly and brings enough operati ... onal experience to ensure successful technical execution of the vision.

Scott Hamilton
We worked together  •  Senior Software Engineer, CSD. Previously Software Engineer, CabForward.
Scott is great at integrating ruby and rails applications with all sorts of third party backends, namely Facebook, Google or anything that r ... equires oauth. He’s a great person to have around and I would work with him again.

Kevin Ready

Kevin is a successful startup executive and experienced entrepreneur.