Steve McGrath

SVP & Managing Director APAC

For the past 25 years, Steve has been a Venture Capitalist and New Venture Builder in Silicon Valley and Asia, and has deep experience in early-stage venture investing, new venture incubation and corporate venture capital/corporate innovation platform design and operation.

At Shell Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell, Steve was President of Shell Ventures (North America) and Head of Shell Ventures Asia. He built and led Shell’s corporate venture capital platforms in Silicon Valley and China, and served as a Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore and China on corporate incubation and acceleration programs. Steve had global responsibility for Shell Ventures’ investments in the Mobility sector, with a particular focus on (and passion for) cross-border investments and the China-Silicon Valley nexus.

For over a decade Steve was CEO of the Emerging Technologies practice at Spencer Trask & Co., a New York-based private equity firm that has co-founded and funded from inception, ten startups that have achieved multi-billion dollar valuations. Steve’s focus at Spencer Trask was investing in and incubating early-stage companies in Asia and the US in the advanced analytics, machine intelligence and enterprise innovation sectors. During his time at Spencer Trask, he co-founded three companies—two of which have had successful exits.

Steve was a founding Partner of Strategos – a leading international strategy consulting firm co-founded with business guru Gary Hamel and founding CEO Linda Yates, helping G1000 global clients innovate in fundamentally new ways by “Bringing the Silicon Valley Inside.”

Steve began his career in the US with the Mac Group/Gemini as a Manager in its San Francisco office serving clients in the High-Tech practice on the West Coast and in Europe.

A dual UK-UA citizen, Steve has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the US and has deep networks in the corporate, innovation and investment ecosystems of each.

Steve holds a BA and MA in Physics and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University, England and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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