Stephen Mendel is a Venture Partner. He has served in a wide variety of leadership roles in public and private technology based organizations – managing director and executive vice president of In-Q-Tel in charge of its venture capital activities, vice chairman of Knowledge Revolution (acquired by MSC Software), CEO and president of Ithaca Software (acquired by Autodesk NASDAQ:ADSK), executive vice president of Maxwell Communication Corporation (MCC), executive vice president of Spectrum-Holobyte (NASDAQ: MPRS, then acquired by Hasbro) and executive vice president of MDL (acquired by MCC, then NASDAQ: MDLI, then acquired by Symyx Technologies). He has also served as a member of the board of directors of AXS, Ithaca Software, Spectrum-Holobyte, MDL, Simmedia, Verso, Futurize Now, Knowledge Revolution, Direct Language, Site Technologies, DuckDuckGo, Motive Medical Intelligence, 2lemetry, and BeBop Sensors.
Stephen’s management style and business acumen have been recognized both regionally and nationally. Under his leadership, Ithaca Software was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. Stephen’s hands-on approach to mentoring young management teams has generated an enviable track record of successful investments. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to exit strategies.
Stephen began his career as an attorney at Feldman Waldman and Kline, where he represented clients in corporate, securities, intellectual property and commercial matters. He received his Juris Doctor with highest honors from Hofstra University and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Rochester.