Steven Atneosen

Palo Alto, California, US

CRO - commercialization + product
Steven's Skills
Business Development

Age Group


About Steven

Steven Atneosen is the Managing Director of Grand Chasm Ventures and helps early stage technology companies grow and legacy companies innovate in the sustainability, mobility and health industries with a focus on AI and distributed systems. His career spans over 20 years’ growing disruptive technology companies in the mobility, health and gaming industries as leadership in the C-suite. He also serves as a mentor at StartX (Stanford) and SkyDeck (Berkeley) accelerators.

Steven currently advises several companies including NIO (NYSE: NIO), the Shanghai based electric mobility company, where he was Vice President of Corporate Development for XPT, the enterprise mobility division of the company from 2016 to September 2018. He led business and product strategy including investment and acquisitions, culminating in NIO’s IPO. Prior to NIO, Steven was SVP, Corporate Development, General Counsel and Secretary for StayWell Health Management, accountable for StayWell’s product and partner strategy until StayWell was merged with Krames and acquired by Merck.

He also served as Vice President and General Counsel for two global technology companies: first at CarParts Technologies, a leading provider of supply chain software solutions for the automotive industry; and then at Aristocrat Technologies, the second largest technology provider to hospitality and gaming. Early on, Steven began supporting entrepreneurs and startups as an IP, franchise and technology lawyer at Mackall Crounse & Moore.

Prior to his private and corporate work, he was appointed to a United States Supreme Court appeal team for Minnesota vs. Dickerson at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.


Ideas don't move mountains. Bulldozers do. - Peter Drucker

Work Experience

Managing Director. Growth Operator & Advisor.

Grand Chasm Ventures

April 2014 - December 2016