Our Ventures Team is located in San Francisco. We collectively have significant years of experience incubating, investing in, and successfully scaling consumer-focused online businesses. Day to day, we focus on researching new incubation/investment opportunities, developing IP that allows to scale our businesses faster, and hiring and training key team members to enable us to scale our various businesses.
Steve is the founder and CEO of Lift Ventures. Since launching his first website in 1999, he has built deep domain expertise in investing in and growing data-driven online businesses. Earlier in his career, he worked at Globespan Capital Partners, an early-stage technology VC firm with over $1 billion under management and Bain & Company, where he advised clients in the private equity, technology, and retail industries. Steve received a BA in Public Policy from Duke University (where he co-founded the Duke Business Society) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kevin oversees new investment research, growth strategy, and new product development. Before joining Lift Ventures, Kevin worked for Analysis Group, a Boston-based consulting firm where he produced quantitative analyses and market studies for Fortune 500 technology clients. Previously, he conducted research in venture capital at Harvard Business School and interned at a sports management agency. Kevin graduated with a BA from Harvard University in History and Economics.
David combines his knowledge of strategy and analytics to drive forward strategic and operational projects at Lift Ventures. Previously, he held internships at Bow and Arrow Growth Consultancy and The Foundation where he developed data-driven growth strategies for industry-leading clients. He also has experience working for a variety of early stage technology start-ups. David graduated with a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and a Master of Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Our Operations Team is a distributed team of talented and experienced functional experts working across development/design, content creation, and marketing to help oversee the daily operations of our various businesses. Depending on the function, some team members work exclusively for a particular business, while others work across multiple businesses.
Luke has more than a decade of experience overseeing and scaling content operations for a variety of online and print publications. Prior to joining Lift Ventures, he managed the content team at CyberCoders, where he helped build and scale editorial content operations for CareerBliss, a career-focused online community. He has also held Editor roles at Newser, an online news curator, and Pamplin Media Group, where he oversaw daily operations of two community newspapers in the Portland, Oregon metro area. Earlier in his career, Luke launched a news site covering Newport Beach, California, for AOL's Patch network.
Sheila oversees and trains a large team of contractors working on content creation and marketing projects. Before joining Lift Ventures, Sheila gained management and operational experience working for a variety of educational technology companies, including eBooks.com, Udemy, and Alexander Street Press. She started her career as a data analyst for Google's Freebase (now Knowledge Graph) and then later on, became an ontologist, where she categorized topics, improved ontologies and provided usage guidelines. Sheila received a degree in Library Science from the University of Santo Tomas, where she also worked as a librarian/cataloger for several years.