Steven Woods

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Steven Gregory Woods
Born (1965-06-16) June 16, 1965 (age 53)
Melfort, Saskatchewan
Occupation Google site director in Waterloo, Canada. Former Co-founder and NeoEdge Co-founder & Director.

Steven Gregory Woods (born June 16, 1965) is a Canadian entrepreneur. He is best known for co-founding, the first popular Voice portal platform, in 1998.


Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Woods holds a Ph.D and M.Math from the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo[1] in Canada and a B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan. He was the first Ph.D student of Professor Qiang Yang. Woods' Ph.D was published in 1997 as a book co-written with Alex Quilici and Qiang Yang entitled "Constraint-Based Design Recovery for Software Reengineering: Theory and Experiments"[2] He then worked for Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute[3] on product line development and practical software architectural reconstruction and analysis.

In 1998 Woods co-founded Pittsburgh-based voice-portal infrastructure company Quackware with Jeromy Carriere and Alex Quilici. Quackware became in 1999 and moved headquarters to Silicon Valley.[4] It was funded September 1, 1999, and acquired August 31, 2000 by America Online.[5] claimed to be the first Voice Portal, and held patents around interactive voice applications, including "System and method for voice access to internet-based information".[6]

Woods was vice president of voice services for America Online and Netscape after the acquisition of in September, 2000.[7]

He founded NeoEdge in 2002 under the name Kinitos[8] along with former America Online, Netscape, and colleagues including Jeromy Carriere. He served as an officer and on the board of directors from 2001 through 2010 in Palo Alto, California.[9]

As of 2013 Woods was engineering director for Google in Canada.[10]


While at the University of Waterloo, Woods captained the varsity Waterloo Warriors golf team and in 1995 was co-winner of the Ontario University Athletics "Len Shore Trophy" for top individual performance.[11] During 1991-1992 Woods was a member of the Canberra Knights semi-professional ice hockey in the Australian Ice Hockey League.[citation needed] Woods was awarded the J.W. Graham Medal for Computing and Innovation by the University of Waterloo in 2010.[12][13]


  1. ^ "University of Waterloo - notable companies started by alumni". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Constraint-Based Design Recovery for Software Reengineering: Theory and Experiments". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  3. ^ "SEI Architecture Practices Propel Successful Startup". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Risking it all for dot-com gold in California". 2008. Archived from the original on August 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Voice: The Killer App". Andrew Seybold's Outlook. 2000-09-30. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  6. ^ "System and method for voice access to internet-based information". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Jefferson Partners' Investment in Pays Off, as Voice-to-Web Innovator is Acquired by AOL". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Steven Woods - P.G. Sorenson Distinguished Graduate Lecture". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Steven Woods, Ph.D". Company web site. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Steven Woods's public LinkedIn profile". Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ "OUA Golf Len Shore Trophy". Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  12. ^ "J.W. Graham Medal and past recipients". 
  13. ^ "Recipients of the J.W. Graham Medal in Computing & Innovation". University of Waterloo. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 

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