Steven Liss

ABOUT

I'm an entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology and politics. I'm currently co-founder and CEO of STRATOS.blue, an ecommerce/ad-tech company that maps social influence between consumers to target referral deals and improve influencer marketing.

I was previously co-founder and CTO of Polis Inc., a door-to-door canvassing platform for political campaigns and commercial sales. Polis knocked over 10 million doors between 2016-18 and was acquired in 2020.

Prior to Polis, I worked in Massachusetts politics as a speechwriter and legislative assistant. I studied political economy and computer science at Princeton. I enjoy learning new languages, recipes, and adventure sports; I've traveled extensively through Latin America, Europe, and Asia and have written about my trips.

Timeline

Stratos

2020-

Founded Stratos to combine traditional political microtargeting with social network analysis to identify and turnout low-participation voters for Democratic candidates in 2020. After the eleciton, Stratos pivoted to apply its technology to improve conversion rates and attribution in C2C sales.

World travel

2016 - 2019

Spent six months traveling Latin America and improving my Spanish before touring Europe, Africa, Asia. Identified opportunities for technology to improve civic life around the world; picked up SCUBA diving, mountain climbing, and drone photography. Various software projects.

Polis

2015 - 2016

Founded a company to automate the voter outreach capabilities of big political campaigns to scale for organizations of all sizes. Joined Techstars accelerator. Reduced campaigns' logistics workload by 10x and helped clients knock over 2 million doors in 2016.

Crowd Comfort

2014 - 2016

Web developer at a Boston-based clean tech startup. Learned commercial software development practices and lessons in entrepreneurship.

Politics

2010 - 2013

Communications, policy research, and constituent service work for Massachusetts politicians in the MA and US senates.

helloworld.cpp

2003

Began programming.