"I'm very sympathetic to the time commitment, all the things you have to do, and all the hats you have to wear," he says. "And often the best counsel you can have is from a person who's walked in your shoes. That's the role I play."
Steve's goal is to treat entrepreneurs the same way he preferred to be treated when he led Ansa and Calera. "We try to get involved in businesses we believe will last," he says. "Then we put a lot of time and care into each relationship. But we don't lose sight of our primary role: helping the management to be successful."