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AI startup advisor 'force multiplier'  who shapes serendipity by connecting and illuminating the dots that matter ( aka 'The Merchant of Light' ) leveraging deep relationship capital with recognized personal brand. Advised 30 AI startups past 8 years in #futureofwork, #augmentedintelligence #emotionAI #healthcare #enterpriseAI and more.

Steve specializes in working with underdog, underestimated, under appreciated early stage AI startups balancing business strategy with smart execution for product market fit, pitch guidance, close funding in multiplexed bus dev, marketing, sales fractional C level role to scale smarter, faster, and better.

As LifeLong ​‘Intentional Learner' for decades he treats every experience as opportunity to learn with curious and growth mindset where intelligence can be nurtured, expanded, and changed over time analogous to a 'Renaissance man' with wide interests and expertise in several areas. 

He's an active speaker especially on #AugmentedIntelligence will become #futureofwork so see

Five Key Traits of Top Performers 

1. Intellectual firepower ( especially fluid intelligence )
2. Values  ( Integrity first ) 
3. Passion ( clarity and conviction ) 
4. Proactive work ethic ( team player )  
5. Authentic ( be yourself )

Creativity is intelligence having fun.
It means your brain is designed to think up new ideas, solve problems and have insightful “eureka” moments. Imagination is more important than knowledge. 

#RichardFeynman shares a secret insight into understanding vs. knowledge.

Understanding lets you transfer knowledge to new domains to progress faster with a combination of top-down and bottom-up learning or fluid intelligence because strongest careers are non-linear driven by ‘intentional learning’ and reinvention several times to adapt and stay relevant for #futureofwork

Advisor Gigs


A few pithy tweets and LI posts

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The ‘flow state’: Where creative work thrives 
Flow is an intense state that leads to a sense of ecstasy and clarity where you know exactly what you want to do from one moment to the other where some of us know how hack ‘the zone’ 😉

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The Missing Apex of Maslow’s Hierarchy Could Save Us All 
Maslow never got around to publishing the final tier of his pyramid: self-transcendence.

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Gravitas is authenticity and understanding your real self, including deep-level thought, emotions, beliefs, values, then acting in a way that reflects
1) Be clear about what you want
2) Be open to feedback
3) Have broader conversations
4) Commit to integrity


VCs don’t add as much value as they think Value-add includes providing access to partners, talent, investors, customers, sharing knowledge, marketing for product development

Why leaders are such bad judges of character and consistently promote the wrong people
more senior you get the better you think  judging character but opposite is true and they promote "takers" even though "givers" are better performers
TRUE #futureofwork 

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