A natural entrepreneur, Stephen Silver has been doing business since the fourth grade, when he sold candy he’d bought in bulk from Smart & Final to eager classmates. Silver went on to start two successful companies, SproutStart and MAVN Funding.
An interactive multimedia marketing agency, SproutStart designs websites, develops mobile apps and assists clients with social media marketing. MAVN Funding, a venture capital firm, has funded almost 20 startups in O.C.
“I get a natural high off of building companies and seeing them flourish,” Silver says. Through his entrepreneurial efforts, he has raised more than $15 million for local companies and worked with Fortune 500 companies.
Silver places a great emphasis on listening skills to get ahead in business. “Listening to my peers gives me that extra edge I need being so young in business,” he says. sproutstart.com, mavnfunding.com
First job: His candy sales business in grade school
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