Steve Papermaster has over 25 years of experience as a career technology entrepreneur, investor, public policy expert, global speaker, and noted author. He is highly experienced in founding, growing, funding, acquiring, and investing in innovative technology companies around the world. Steve’s leadership titles include founder, chairman, CEO, and/or board member for several publicly traded and private companies, including Appconomy, Nano Global Corp., Moxie Software, Powershift Group, ROME Corp. (acquired by TriplePoint Technologies), TechRepublic (acquired by CNET Networks), Perficient (NASDAQ: PRFT), Vignette Corp (NASDAQ: VIGN/OTXT), Per Se Technologies (acquired by McKesson (NASDAQ: PSTI/NYSE: MCK)), Tipping Point Technologies (acquired by 3Com (NASDAQ: TPTI/COMS/HP)), and BSG Corp.
Steve directly advised the President of the United States for two terms in the White House and co-chaired the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), appointed by President George W. Bush. PCAST, part of the Executive Office of the President, directly informs the president about strategy and policy regarding innovation, technology, and science. He co-chaired the National Nanotechnology Initiative led much of the nanotechnology programs for both terms. Steve also served as a judge for the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.
During his service in the White House, Steve co-founded and co-chaired JUCCCE (Joint US –China Collaboration on Clean Energy), a Shanghai-based NGO and non-profit organization pushing for efficient use of technology and energy in China. As an advocate of the entrepreneur community involvement in public policy, Steve co-founded TechNet Texas and joined the National Executive Committee of TechNet, the leading bi-partisan technology industry-lobbying group and collective brain trust of greater Silicon Valley.
Steve was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the US (awarded by Ernst &Young), and went on to serve as a US Judges Chairman for the Entrepreneur of the Year program, and co-founded the World EOY program and has served as judge, Chairman and/or master coach for 15 years.
Steve actively speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, technology, science, public policy, and China, including recent events convened by World Economic Forum –Innovation, Fortune Magazine’s Brainstorm Conference (Keynote), Fortune Global Forum – Paris, GigaOM, MIT Forum: Future of Energy in China (Keynote), Dreamforce, World Entrepreneur of the Year, McKinsey Global Forum, Global Humanitarian Forum – Geneva, AlwaysOn, and more.
Steve co-authored the CITIC published (in Mandarin in China) book Smart Life, a guide to technology innovation that drives major social changes around the world.