Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, and ITP present Steve Halstedt, Co-Founder of Centennial Ventures as our featured entrepreneur.
Steven C. Halstedt is a co-founder and a managing director of Centennial Ventures, a private venture firm formed in 1981. From 1976 to 1981, he was president of Daniels & Associates, an investment banking firm specializing in the cable television industry and a member of the leadership team for the parent company, Daniels Properties, Inc., a cable television MSO. Previously, he was an investment manager in the Private Placement Department of the Travelers Insurance Corporation. Before that he was a combat engineer platoon leader and a battalion assistant operations officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Mr. Halstedt presently serves on the board of AMG National Trust Bank, New Global Telecom and is Chairman of the Board of Market Force Information. He has been chairman of a number of successful publicly traded companies including OneComm, Inc. and Verio, Inc. Mr. Halstedt was the founding president and a former chairman of the Venture Capital Association of Colorado, and is a former board member of the National Venture Capital Association. Active in non-profits, Mr. Halstedt chairs the boards of the Fulcrum Foundation and Open World Learning. He serves on the board of the Denver School of Science and Technology and the advisory board of the Center for Colorado’s Future at the University of Denver. He is also a member of the Colorado Forum.
Mr. Halstedt received a B.S. with Distinction from Worcester Polytechnical Institute (“WPI”), where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College, where he was a Tuck Scholar. He attended the University of Connecticut School of Law. Mr. Halstedt was the recipient of an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Rocky Mountain region in 1999. He received the Robert Goddard award from WPI in 1998. Mr. Halstedt has taught computer programming at both Dartmouth College and the U.S. Army Engineer School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.
Entrepreneurs Unplugged is a meeting place where faculty, students and community members with technical backgrounds learn about and get involved in entrepreneurship. In particular, the program offers students and faculty an opportunity to learn how a successful start up is created as well as an opportunity to network. Each Entrepreneurs Unplugged meeting features food, drink and – most importantly – an experienced entrepreneur to discuss his/her start-up experiences.
Interdisciplinary Telecom Program, University of Colorado