Steven Gal is a career technology entrepreneur, an entrepreneurship professor, and an investor in and advisor to early stage companies. Over his 15 years of teaching, his research and practice has focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, which he teaches at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Over more than 25 years as an entrepreneur, Steven has participated in the founding, funding, building, operating and/or turnaround of companies resulting in over $100 million in venture financings and over $1.5 billion in exits across multiple successful sales and an IPO. Steven has also been an active angel and VC investor and advisor to entrepreneurs and their companies.
Prof. Gal currently teaches students across programs, schools and campuses at Cornell, including undergraduates, MBAs and Executive MBAs, and PhD’s, in Ithaca and at Cornell Tech. He is a member of the teaching team at eLab, Cornell’s student business accelerator, where he also serves on the Board. He has also served Cornell’s entrepreneurial community as chair of the Advisory Council at Entrepreneurship at Cornell, the gateway to everything entrepreneurial at Cornell University, which recently completed the build-out of the eHub in Collegetown, the first dedicated space for Cornell entrepreneurs to start businesses and the new home of eLab. In addition, he teaches innovation at universities and companies and to executives globally through Cornell Executive Business Education.
Earlier in his teaching career, Prof. Gal was an Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship in the Entrepreneurship Program at University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, which was consistently ranked in the top 5 in Entrepreneurship by US News during his tenure. He has served as visiting professor at the Rady School at the University of California at San Diego and at KAUST in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Steven’s career as a technology entrepreneur began in 1994, when as a professor in the Entrepreneur Program at USC's Marshall School of Business, the advent of the commercial Internet drew he and many of his students into the startup world. Steven co-founded Semio that year and developed early seminal technology in Internet and Intranet search. As CEO, he raised both angel and venture capital for his first technology venture, moved it to Silicon Valley and a quick acquisition. Steven was a co-founder, board member and executive at ID Analytics, where the team built and operated the US National Identity Network and produced the real-time ID Score - the de facto standard in preventing identity fraud. ID Analytics was acquired by NASDAQ company LifeLock, which was then acquired by Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC). He was GM of the Marketing Solutions Group at the analytics firm HNC Software, which was acquired by Fair Isaac (NYSE: FICO), the provider of the FICO Score. Steven was Vice President of Marketing at eMarketing company PrimeResponse, where he was a member of the executive team that took the company public and through its acquisition, now part of Pega (NASDAQ:PEGA); and at eSupport vendor Inference, where he helped lead a turnaround and successful sale to eGain (NASDAQ: EGAN). He was also Chairman and CEO at ProQuo.com, where he raised $15 million in venture financing for a consumer privacy offering.
Before his careers in teaching and technology, Steven spent several years on Wall Street in risk arbitrage and on the floor of the New York Futures Exchange. He is an attorney and a member of the California Bar. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from University of Southern California School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from the Dyson School at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University.