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Steve Vassallo

Foundation Capital
General Partner
Menlo Park, CA
A former project leader and design engineer at IDEO, Steve now invests in companies at the intersection of business, technology, and design. Steve came to Foundation Capital in 2007 from Ning, a social platform he helped launch in 2004 and where he was VP of product and engineering. Before Ning, Steve was Director of Engineering at Immersion [IMMR], which pioneered tactile feedback and human touch technology. Steve's innovations have won him more than 77 patents and several design awards, including the Business Week Design of the Decade Award, red dot design award 2009, IDEA99 Gold and Bronze Awards, NeoCon Gold and Most Innovative New Product Awards. His portfolio includes innovators like SunRun, Pocket, Beepi, and Bolt Threads, among others.