Steve is an experienced operating and financial executive having worked the last 25 years in both small and large software companies. Prior to starting Podium Data, a Qlik company, Mr. Richards served as the CFO of Peoplefluent where he was instrumental in driving growth and profitability of this $115M leading SaaS provider in the HCM software sector.
Steve began his software career at Sybase as Senior Finance Manager. During his tenure company revenues grew from $150 million to nearly $1.0 billion. Steve then went on to serve with four consecutive Greylock Partners funded companies, most recently as CFO with Awareness, Inc., an innovator in social media marketing software. In addition, he served as CFO at ClearForest Ltd, a leader in text analytics software, which was sold to Reuters in 2007. Prior to ClearForest, Mr. Richards served as COO & CFO of netNumina Solutions and CFO of Tessera Enterprise Systems, both culminating in successful exits.
Steve holds a BA in economics and history as well as an MBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.