“Mentoring is a way to show entrepreneurs how they can be successful and to not make the same business mistakes I did.”
Steve Willis has been an entrepreneur in computer networking since 1982. In 1986, he co-founded Wellfleet Communications, a pioneering Internet router company, where he ran the software development group and the Advanced Engineering Group. In 1997, he co-founded Argon Networks, a maker of Internet core switch/routers which was purchased by Siemens. In 2001, he joined Datapower, a company focused on XML processing and data transformation, as the VP of Advanced Technology. In 2009, he co-founded Overlook Networks, a venture addressing new networking technology in the data center.
Mr. Willis has a BS in BDIC/Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. He is an investor, board member and advisor to startups in the New York and Boston area covering Internet TV delivery, scalable software testing, healthcare machine learning, cryptography, ETL, silicon-based sensors and drug delivery. He is a member of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service and currently the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He holds multiple patents in the field of computer networking.