2016 marks Steve Popper’s 25th year in the executive search industry. Steve joined SPMB in 2007, and has become an integral part of the firm’s leadership team. In 2007, he founded the firm’s CFO Practice, which is focused on recruiting high-impact financial executives for Venture and Private Equity backed expansion and growth stage companies in Software, Life Sciences, Healthcare, and Consumer Technology. Steve’s Venture Capital and Private Equity clients include Accel Partners, NEA, Sequoia Capital, Andreessen-Horowitz, KPCB, Hellman & Friedman, Silver Lake, Goldman Sachs, Endeavour Capital, and Ignition Partners.
Steve came to the firm in 2007 from nationally recognized search firm, Howard Fischer Associates. Steve’s prior search experience includes a tenure of several years with Christian & Timbers, where Steve was one of the founding members of their Financial Services Practice, based in New York City and London.
Steve spent his four years after college working as a professional sailor in the Caribbean and New England. He was a delivery and charter crewman, completed several transatlantic passages, and has competed in many sailing races internationally.
Steve holds a B.A. degree with honors in Biology and Humanities from the State University of New York at Albany. Steve is an avid road cyclist and mountain biker, music lover (with a particular affinity for jazz, classical, and world music), birder, and self-proclaimed naturalist. He also cooks a mean paella. Steve is the proud (and typically patient) father of 3 daughters, and lives in Marin.
What’s the most non traditional job you’ve ever had?
I worked as a cold-calling door-to-door salesman in NYC, selling gourmet cheese and charcuterie to chefs at high-end restaurants. Toughest clients ever!
What sports star would you most like to meet?
Muhammad Ali. Hands down. My parents made my sisters and I aware of his heroism as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, even before we ever saw him in the ring. He’s always been a hero of mine.
Which band would you love to tour with?
I’m dating myself with this answer but… Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies or Led Zeppelin. Hard to say which of those bands had more fun on tour, but I’m certain that both of them did!