Steve S. Saroff Resume

Angel Investor with successful track record, expert technical and marketing skills. I have made fortunes for myself and others; I am Interested in making Angel investments in promising high-tech start ups. Contact me if you think there might be a fit.

(key points listed here, or just read this: Part one of How to Make Ten Million Dollars )

 

* I roll up my sleeves often to do whatever work that needs doing. My financial success has been built on the core principal that real work has to be done well and done promplty, and that meetings and agendas don't write code or sell product.

* I successfully sold two of my own start-ups to large companies. FreeMail, Inc. was acquired by WAM!NET/WorldCom in 2000, RemoteScan was acquired by Quest (QSFT) in 2011.

* I have been developing complex, commercial software since I was a kid, and I have used many languages and operating systems to build ideas of my own and of others. Obsessed with studying and learning, I can technically build and write software for just about any project that comes along.

* Long obsessed with studying, reading, and mountain tops, at 14 I walked alone 500 miles in the Appalachians, then another 500 miles alone when I was 15, and still another 1000 miles alone when I was 16.

* I Left home and school and hitchhiked West when I was 17.

* When I was 19 years old I spent 45 days walking alone in the Bob Marshall. That set the pace for everything that followed: I've never been intimidated by wilderness, solitude or ambitious plans. I also appreciate the rewards that come from listening and shared stories; I appreciate people in ways that only someone who has been long alone can.

* I started programming computers as a kid when it was about as financially rewarding as knowing how to fix lawnmowers; I started coding because I loved it. I think I have used about 30 different computer language to make money. I also know a lot about digital electronics, geochemistry, ceramics, entomology, literature, playing music, writing, photography, chess, teaching, and raising kids. When I was 12 years old I learned morse code and got a ham radio license and stayed awake many nights listening for distant call signs. When I was 20 I built a laser (liquid dye, pulsing) after reading an article in Scientific American. All of these points are interconected.

* I also like writing short stories and published a lot of them a long time ago. Some in what were once high paying magazines. I like words and what they can do.

* I left high school early, but I have a college degree. I worked for two years as a faculty research assistant for the Oceanography department at Oregon State University, and spent a few months on a ship in the south pacific. Other than those two jobs all my technical jobs where I have worked for other people have sucked-shit. Thus I started building my own companies.

* I really enjoy building things that work well.

* Before the Internet (back when programmers could only make a living if they agreed to wear ties and work in cubes), I was a dishwasher, cook, waiter, truck-driver, general laborer, farm hand, nail-pounding carpenter, writer, cattle ranch-hand,musician, carpet installer (the second worst job I ever had), oil-field worker in Sydney, Montana, copy writer for ad agency (the worst), hay bucker, technician in a computer store (also very bad), and a firewood cutter (the best)-- and all the time dreaming of where to go next....

* I haven't outgrown the enthusiasm for what surprises me.

* I have many friends and get along well, however I have no patience for those who knowingly try to build false things or who try to scam others.

* I am not looking for any kind of employment, however I like being part of fantastic ideas and will consider investing in or becoming involved with truly surprising and great projects. Contact me if you are working on such a thing and think I would be a good fit.