Steven is the Fund Manager for Taronga Ventures and leads the Real Tech Ventures Fund, a specialist early stage venture capital fund focused on real estate technology. Steven is responsible for developing and executing the strategic direction of the Fund, the identification of best-of-breed investment opportunities in the real estate technology sector, transaction execution, legal & compliance, portfolio management, value acceleration and exit programs.
Prior to Taronga, Steven was a partner in the Corporate & Commercial Legal team at PwC, specialising in Venture Capital and Private Equity, M&A, Alternative Finance and the commercialisation of technology. He is well known to the market in the areas of innovation, emerging technologies and venture capital. During his tenure at PwC, Steven advised on the establishment of a significant number of Australia’s leading venture capital funds including the NAB Ventures Fund, Australia Post Ventures Fund, BlueChilli Venture Fund, Tank Stream Venture Fund, Sydney Angels Sidecar Fund, and the Artesian Fund of Funds, and is widely recognised as a leader in early stage venture capital funds.
Steven also led PwC’s thought leadership on venture capital and alternative finance (including crowdfunding) at the firm’s flagship annual venture capital event, The Future of Venture Capital, over many years together with key sector leaders, including NAB Ventures’ MD Todd Forrest, Westpac’s Reinventure Fund, OurCrowd’s Jon Medved, and Artesian Venture Partners. He is known to challenge conventional fund structures and to help fund manager clients to embrace new ways of raising funds. Steven also brings his understanding of venture capital and private equity investment criteria to assist emerging technology companies seeking to grow or to raise capital, including preparing for an implementing an IPO.
Steven has written a number of articles on, and is regularly called upon to give specialist advice in relation to, tax-free fund structures including ESVCLPs & VCLPs, crowdfunding strategies and other alternative finance models. He holds a Master of Laws (Corporate Finance) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.