Steve Kaufman has two decades of management experience building and growing businesses. He has worked as a senior executive and board member to enhance the competitive strategy and operational execution of businesses. His industry experience spans information systems and software, medical imaging and displays, computer and communications equipment, and alternative energy. He currently serves as the Principal of Quasar Holdings LLC, making direct private equity and angel investments in growing businesses.
Steve Kaufman served as CEO of Alteris Renewables, the largest design-build renewable energy company in the Northeast, until its 2011 merger with Real Goods Solar (Nasdaq: RSOL), where he now serves as a director. Alteris was recognized as one of America’s fastest growing energy companies on the Inc. 500 list in both 2009 and 2010. The company won the ‘Green/Environmental Deal of the Year’ for the merger which created Alteris in 2008.
Previously Steve worked as an operating partner for Riverside Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm that invests in growing technology and healthcare companies. Steve served on the boards of multiple companies at Riverside to help companies with their growth initiatives from investment until exit: SIXNET (now Spectris PLC), NDS Surgical Imaging, Maxvision, Vocollect (now Intermec), Quantum Medical Imaging (now Carestream Health), and Applied Precision (now Rudolph Technologies). He is currently a member of Riverside’s technology advisory board.
Earlier Steve was President and CEO of Avici Systems, a public telecommunications equipment company based in North Billerica, MA. Previously, he worked at Lucent Technologies in Westford, MA as President of their Multiservice Core Networks Division, a $2B business. He also served as VP and GM of Lucent’s core switching business, and GM of their consumer microelectronics business. Steve earlier worked for Intel Corporation as one of the marketing managers who helped launch the Pentium processor family of products. He also worked for Kurzweil AI, now part of Nuance Communications, selling speech recognition systems.
Steve has been angel investor in several companies including E-ink, Pixel Qi and 7 A/C. He also served as a director of One Laptop Per Child and Kovio in their founding stages. Steve currently makes angel investments as a member of the Launchpad Venture Group in addition to CEVG.
Steve serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts High Tech Council. He earlier co-chaired the state’s Northeast Regional Competitiveness Council focused on economic development initiatives. Steve has lived since 1999 in Lexington, Mass with his wife and 3 children, where he coaches youth soccer and plays for an ‘over the hill’ team.
Steve holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University. He holds 7 US patents in the field of communications.
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