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Steven E. Marder

Of Counsel

With over 23 years of executive, advisory, and investment experience in the Technology, Media, and Communications (TMT) industries, Steven Marder currently serves as Chairman of Platform Purple (a digital video platform company), Director/Co-Founder for SLI Systems (a SaaS-based Internet search and marketing services company, NZX: SLI), and as an advisor for Aeria Games (a multi-national online and mobile games company) and AdMedia (an AdTech company). Steven has extensive experience in various tech areas including Mobile, Games, eCommerce, Publishing, Video, Ad-Tech, Cable and Over-the-Top (OTT) content, and Media and Entertainment, to mention a few.

Mr. Marder recently served as an Operating Partner and Industry Advisor for private equity firm Avista Capital Partners, where he focused on sourcing, developing, and managing buyouts and significant investments in Digital Media, Internet, and Communications companies in North America and Europe. Mr. Marder also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Avista portfolio companies including WideOpenWest (WOW!) and InvestorPlace Media, in addition to serving as Chairman/Co-Founder (formerly CEO) of Eurekster (an Internet social search technology company).

Prior to those roles, Mr. Marder served in senior corporate development and business development executive roles at major media companies including EMI Music and Tribune Company (Compton’s NewMedia). He also co-founded and served as Managing Director, North America for Gramercy Venture Advisors (a multi-national merchant bank), co-founder and Chairman/CEO of eMemberDirect, Inc. (a development stage public company, formerly PetPlanet.com), Director of Globalbrain (an Internet search company sold to NBCi) and as a founding shareholder and board advisor of DeliveryAgent (a leader in providing TCommerce services for top media/entertainment companies).

Mr. Marder is a graduate of St. John’s School of Law, Columbia College/Columbia University and Horace Mann School. Heis also an attorney and member of the State Bar of New York and California and Member of The Recording Academy (Grammys). Steven resides in Berkeley, California with his wife and two kids.


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  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York


  • Columbia College / Columbia University
  • St. John's University School of Law

Practice Areas

  • Transactional Matters
  • High-Tech Startup Counseling
  • Corporate Finance Matters(angel / seed / venture / private equity / debt)
  • Corporate Development / M&A Matters
  • Cross Border / International Corporate Practice


  • The Recording Academy (Grammys) 20+ year member