bio  Steve Bennet



Steve Bennet is founder and managing director of Bodega Partners, a venture catalyst and management consulting firm, which aids early-stage companies in strategic planning, finance, and business development. In the past ten years with Bodega, he has helped over 75 companies meet their strategic and financing goals. He has taken the CFO role in over a dozen of these companies, including Pharmacy TV Network, Orbital Data, Valchemy, iControl Networks, CSE Systems, Empart Technologies,, GolfWeb, Tribeworks, and Biological Components Corporation. This is his first semester as a lecturer at SJSU. Prior to and concurrent with Bodega, Steve was a Venture Partner at Outlook Ventures, a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley (teaching a course he designed, "Financing the Software Venture"), and held various positions in software product marketing and corporate finance at Bay Logics, Digital Microwave, and Arthur Anderson. Steve is currently co-chair of the Venture Finance SIG at the Software Development Forum. Steve earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in business administration from The Anderson School at UCLA. He is also a licensed CPA. He lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife, two daughters, dog, dwarf hamster, and mouse. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing with the Hack Pack.