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Stephen Straus

Correlated Magnetics Research

As a member of the board of directors and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Correlated Magnetics Research, Stephen is helping lead the effort to commercialize the firm's technology, enabling magnets to be 'programmed' such that they can produce behaviors far beyond the simple 'attract' and 'repel." This new technology, Polymagnets, can be used to improve existing products employing magnets and to empower innovative new products where conventional magnets were never considered practical.

Previously, Stephen started Barfly Interactive Networks, a national media company that was successfully sold in 2008. Stephen served his fellowship and spent a total of 9 years at Austin Ventures, moving from Associate to General Partner, leading the firm's semiconductor practice.

Prior to joining Austin Ventures, Stephen worked as an associate at LG Group Venture Capital in San Jose, California. Before that, he founded the Solutions Group in Washington, DC, serving as CEO for five years until its acquisition by a venture-backed company.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Stephen received his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude from Colgate University. He serves on the Engineering Advisory Board of the Cockrell College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stephen is a member of Kaufman Fellows Class 2. He served his fellowship under mentor Joe Aragona at Austin Ventures in Austin, Texas.