Steve Markowitz is an investor and entrepreneur, whose experience includes leading a successful IPO.
AngelList has recognized Steve as a "notable founder" and "notable operator."
Steve's business endeavors:
- Volta Industries—founding investor and vice chairman.
- BeeStripe, Mile High Organics and NetPlenish—co-founder and seed investor.
- Ritter Pharmaceuticals—founding investor and board member.
Steve also serves as a lead mentor at Honolulu's Blue Startups and a Professional-in-Residence at the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Ma̅noa.
Previously, Steve was co-founder, chairman and CEO of pioneering loyalty marketer MyPoints.com. He led the company from inception as Intellipost Corp. in Nov. 1996 through its successful $46 million IPO (Aug. 1999), $211 million secondary offering (Feb. 2000) and beyond. Under Steve's stewardship, MyPoints.com grew to a peak market value of approximately $2.3 billion.
Steve's early career includes experience as a securities analyst for Fidelity Investments and as a financial journalist for Dow Jones & Co., both in Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese.
Steve holds two degrees from UC Berkeley, an MBA and a B.A. in East Asian Languages (high honors, Japanese). He has been honored by UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business with the coveted Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellowship (2009), recognizing his well-received lectures in the Entrepreneurship and New Venture Finance courses.