“Steve ‘gets’ people. He has an intuitive ability to understand and appreciate others’ perceptions and expectations of the world even if their values and interests differ from his own. Steve also has a particular way of looking at systems and instinctively identifying how they could be made more efficient and effective. I’ve worked alongside him for two years and he’s one of the most creative and resourceful people I know.”
~ Serra Kornfilt
"Steve is one of the most well-connected people I know. I can rely on him for domestic and international connections as well as innovative ideas around online community-building and an intuitive ability to connect likeminded professionals. If I want a close, personal connection, I turn to Steve and he always points me in the right direction."
~ Damian Tew
"I usually try to quickly meet dozens or even hundreds of people at conferences and I'm focused on finding the best of the best. Steve is one of the most energetic, thoughtful, kind, nice and product savvy people I know in the social networking and dating space."
~ Vincenzo Belpiede
I had fortnightly sessions with Steve for 3 months, starting right as the COVID-19 lockdown began.
On paper this should have spelled the end of any dating endeavors but thanks to Steve's deep experience in the online dating realm we took the opportunity to tune up my profiles and explore alternatives for connection amidst the restrictions.
Steve's skill is to meet you where you're at, establish clear goals and help debrief and analyze interactions, all in a sensitive and non-judgemental manner. He is articulate and precise in his diagnoses, which accelerates the process of self-reflection which is so important in dating.
~ Ed T.
I co-run a biweekly series where we invite a fascinating speaker from somewhere in the world to come give a TED-style talk, about a topic in which they have unique niche experience, and then engage the audience with thematically-related activities. To date we've had 103 consecutive salons and grown our community to 4500+ individuals.
Creator, experience designer, 2015-Present
I run a monthly gathering of those who are new to NYC or simply looking to make new friends in their city. I invite about 750-1000 people each month, host the event out of a large food court, and facilitate conversation by passing around questions to spark authenticity on little sticky notes.
VR World NYC
Community architect, 2017
In 2017 I helped creatives around the world ideate, incubate, and launch their artistic, technological, and socially impactful projects through a fellowship I co-designed called Liminal. The first project we shipped was VR World NYC, the hemisphere's largest virtual reality experience center.
10 Plates Dinner Series
I team up with a chef to host private 10-person dinners in which we invite the specific people we think could most benefit from knowing one another, then facilitate conversations designed to get them talking about the topics we believe would lead to the most creative synergy.
100+ individual workshops
Clients include all ages, races, gender identities. LGBTQ-friendly
iDate Dating Industry Conference
Conference Speaker, 2014-Present
Keynote sessions on mobile strategy, product innovation, and competitive landscapes across the dating and social networking categories.
Special advisor & mobile expert, 2013-Present
I partner up with the world's leading online dating consultancy to advise internet dating companies & service providers on industry best practices, competitive strategy, business development, new product features, and talent sourcing.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Guest blogger, 2012
Product Advisor, 2011-2012
Performed an in-depth analysis of competing companies, assessed their potential for expansion in the U.S. market, and devised innovative approaches for maintaining a competitive edge; explored partnerships with NYC-based venues to develop engaging user events and outings
I cofounded a career matchmaking platform that used algorithms inspired by online dating apps to help identify points of compatibility as well as red flags between jobseekers and their prospective employers. During its operation, Jobsuitors serviced over 75 employers and over 4,000 jobseekers.