Life Basics

Steve Shapers Love: My mom, Darlene Sue taught me how to love, live and give. Since my dad was a super-hard worker, she was the one to teach me sports and how to be a boy. She taught me how to compete (we played doubles tennis tourneys). And how to be a good sport....

Art & Design

Design Thinkers Color Theory: Celebrated color theorist Vasa Mihich pulled me from the muck of econ majors at UCLA. I took Vasa’s class on a whim and he took me under his wing. Vasa told me I had to be a designer. He asserted that I had talent. I knew he was...

Performance

I’ll Always Love a Good Show Events: Oakland homee John Murray runs a slammin’ production house. We’ve done countless shows together from fashion, to galas, to music, to parades, to ice shows, to pageants. With John, I learned the art of the live...

Business

Innovation Mentors The Law: My entry point to business was the study of law at UC Berkeley. The frank truth is that I sucked at the law. But two guys at the law school kept me in the game. Sandy Kadish, renowned criminal law professor taught me that the law is...

Technology

Geek Speak Software: In the late 90’s, I was introduced to software development by Michael Perrani. Mike brought me to Autodesk to make AutoCAD’s straight line computer drawings into hand-hewn Steve-Style concept drawings. Through the process, I developed...