Stephen is a “recovering” banker and venture capitalist. He’s underwritten over 1,000 business loans and has advised thousands of founders in his career. By day, Stephen is the COO for Pensole Inc, the world’s first footwear & apparel design school located in Portland, Oregon. He started his first business as a junior in college selling sneakers on the internet. All his years in finance and access to capital has taught him three truths; social capital is the most prized asset of successful founders, we need to invest in the untapped potential of underestimated founders and lastly, there are two kinds of people in this world, those who sign the front of the check and those who sign the back. Spreadsheets are his superpower and sneakers are his kryptonite.