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.
Gina oversees content strategy and publishing across Lift Ventures properties. With over fourteen years of experience working in media, she specializes in using data to create best practices for editorial content. Prior to coming on board, she held management roles at leading websites including About.com and Huffington Post. She most recently served as Programming Director at AOL, where she collaborated with marketing, editorial, production, and sales teams to launch premium, Emmy-winning video content for AOL brands such as TechCrunch, Moviefone, and Engadget.
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.