Steve VonDeak L’08 will be joining the LaunchPad for Entrepreneur in Residence office hours every other Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., starting February 15. VonDeak is the co-founder of Density, a high-tech company that uses powerful sensors, combined with state-of-the-art depth data, computer vision and deep learning in an autonomous system that can make sense of the remarkable complexity of human behavior in buildings. Density recently closed a $125 million round led by Kleiner Perkins that values the company at $1.05 billion.
Density was founded in 2014 in the Tech Garden, and now has offices in San Francisco, New York City, and Syracuse. Density co-founders also include Andrew Farah ’09 (Writing) and G ’11 (iSchool), Ben Redfield ’12 (iSchool), Brian Weinreich, ’10 (Psychology and Biology), Robert Grazioli ’11 (iSchool), and Jordan Messina, who grew up in Syracuse and attended Binghamton University. VonDeak is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law.
VonDeak became an entrepreneur in the Tech Garden shortly after graduating from SU Law School. Along with partners, he created App Fury, which launched early iOS apps that were noticed by Apple. He then joined forces with another Tech Garden team to create Rounded, a digital product team, which grew into an anchor tenant role at the incubator. Many members of the Rounded team then went on to create Density.
Ventures who would like to meet VonDeak can make an appointment by e-mailing LaunchPad@Syr.edu