Steven Woods

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Steven Gregory Woods
Born (1965-06-16) June 16, 1965 (age 57)
OccupationGoogle 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. Woods became the head of engineering for Google Canada where he was until 2021, when he joined Canadian Venture capital firm iNovia Capital as partner and CTO,[1] following in the footsteps of Patrick Pichette, Google's CFO who also joined iNovia after leaving Google.


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[2] 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"[3] He then worked for Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute[4] 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.[5] It was funded September 1, 1999, and acquired August 31, 2000 by America Online.[6] 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".[7]

Woods was vice president of voice services for America Online and Netscape after the acquisition of in September, 2000.[8]

He founded NeoEdge in 2002 under the name Kinitos[9] 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.[10]

Woods was the engineering director for Google in Canada from 1998 to 2021, where he joined joined Canadian Venture capital firm iNovia Capital as partner and CTO[1].[11]


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.[12] 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.[13][14]

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  1. ^ a b "Google's Steven Woods joins Inovia as partner and CTO | BetaKit". 2021-07-13. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  2. ^ "University of Waterloo - notable companies started by alumni". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Constraint-Based Design Recovery for Software Reengineering: Theory and Experiments". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  4. ^ "SEI Architecture Practices Propel Successful Startup". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  5. ^ "Risking it all for dot-com gold in California". 2008. Archived from the original on August 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  6. ^ "Voice: The Killer App". Andrew Seybold's Outlook. 2000-09-30. Retrieved 2008-03-13. {{cite news}}: Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  7. ^ "System and method for voice access to internet-based information". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  8. ^ "Jefferson Partners' Investment in Pays Off, as Voice-to-Web Innovator is Acquired by AOL". 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Steven Woods - P.G. Sorenson Distinguished Graduate Lecture". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  10. ^ "Dr. Steven Woods, Ph.D". Company web site. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "Steven Woods's public LinkedIn profile". Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  12. ^ "OUA Golf Len Shore Trophy". Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  13. ^ "J.W. Graham Medal and past recipients".
  14. ^ "Recipients of the J.W. Graham Medal in Computing & Innovation". University of Waterloo. Retrieved 2015-09-25.

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