Steve Farsht

Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Steve is a Founding Venture Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Corazon Capital.  He is a Board Member of Techstars Chicago and an Advisory Board Member of Hyde Park Venture Partners. Steve was Chief Operating Officer of Tap.Me, which was sold to MediaMath in 2012.

Previously, Steve was a General Partner with Norwest Equity Partners. Over his 9 years with the firm, Steve invested $280 million of equity in 13 management buyouts and growth capital investments across a variety of industries. His platform companies completed 9 add-on acquisitions. Steve served on 8 Boards of Directors and led the sale of several companies to strategic and financial buyers.

Steve also ran one of the firm's portfolio companies where he conceptualized, developed and commercialized Probate Finder OnDemand, the first and only automated estate location and claim filing solution. He also developed and launched, the first online resource designed specifically for people who are dealing with the death of a loved one.

Steve is a Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management where he also received his MBA. Steve has an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin -- Madison.

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MBA, 1998, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
BBA, 1992, School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Other Professional Experience
Founding Venture Partner, Corazon Capital, 2014-present
Director and Board Member, Techstars, 2013-present
Advisory Board Member, Hyde Park Venture Partners, 2011-present
Member, FireStarter Fund, 2011-present
Chief Operating Officer and Board Member, Tap.Me, 2011-2013
Executive in Residence, Excelerate Labs, 2011-2011
Chief Executive Officer, DCM Services, 2007-2010
Chief Executive Officer, Forte, LLC, 2007-2010
General Partner, Norwest Equity Partners, 1997-2007
Independent Consultant, Genmar Holdings, Inc., 1996-1996
Senior Accountant/Consultant, Arthur Andersen LLP, 1992-1996

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