Stephen Socolof

Managing Partner

Steve Socolof has been a technology investor for over twenty years. Steve’s interests are in enterprise software (particularly applications of AI/ML), infrastructure required to collect, store, and process data, internet of things, wireless, and environmental and materials technologies. He is currently on the board of StratIS IoT, SunRay Scientific, and Vydia as well as the public company Everspin Technologies, an investment of his prior fund.

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Notable Investments

I've invested in hardware like Flarion and Everspin, software like ChoiceWORX, and materials like Kintra and SunRay. I like bringing real technology advances to market.

Questions & Answers

In a couple sentences, how would you describe your path to becoming an investor?

I've been investing in venture for over 20 years, starting by creating a venture incubator for Bell Labs and launching technology spinouts from the Labs

Investment Approach: What are the key factors you consider when evaluating a founding team?

Their experience with the problem they are trying to solve and their vision for building a business.

What's your style and approach when it comes to working with founders post-investment? What are the characteristics of founders you've worked well with?

I want be involved and help as much as I can. Founders I've worked will with are open about what's going on in the business and connecting their vision to the numbers.

If I'm coming to pitch to you or your firm, what's the one piece of advice you'd give me?

You don't have to promote, just tell me your story.

What do you like best about investing in NYC, and what’s your outlook on the future of NYC tech?

It's a tremendously vibrant market with a very strong future.