SPECIALTIES

GROWTH

When market opportunity demands a fast, managed response.

 

Parallel Wireless - Starting as ‘employee’ #5, and leaving the firm when it had grown to over 450.  I ran business development, made the company’s brand ubiquitous in the US after negotiating, managing and promoting high profile deployments at the Super Bowl, Indy Speedway, Rose Bowl, Republican Convention, NY Marathon, DHS Jamming exercises, and cross-border deployments.

Domania.com - When a lender awoke us to a 7x revenue opportunity, we dropped the paywall.  $5m in capital vaulted us from a regional player to the #5 US real estate web site driven by deals for access to 17 key content providers.  AI filtered the traffic growth that came from private-label versions for five of the top media players like Bloomberg, Yahoo, AOL, Dow Jones, and even Consumer Reports.   

 

COMPETITIVE EMULATION

When the world’s largest defense contractor was bidding on a civilian telecom deal, they put me in a room at HQ, isolated me and asked me to impose discipline by drafting a bid like the competition.

FUNDING

Experienced at raising capital for established companies, turnarounds, and startups.

TURNAROUND AND HOSTAGE EXTRACTION

When leadership falters or a company runs out of money.  A Boston fund asked me to evaluate a portfolio company on the brink.  Then they asked me to lead it.  We did an ABC, a re-cap and cleaned up the company for the next round.

 

CAMPAIGNS

Involved in every Democratic presidential campaign since 1976.  Joined the successful campaign for the US House seat in Maine in October 2018.

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Disclaimer:  Steve Kropper and Skunk Works Fund are not affiliated with Lockheed Martin Corporation, holder of the ‘Skunk Works' trademark.  Lockheed-Martin is a defense contractor. We're not.  Kropper was formerly responsible for telecommunications competitive emulation at Martin-Marietta Corporation (predecessor to Lockheed Martin).