Stephen Newton

CEO and founder, Occipital Ventures
Executive Advisory Board

Stephen Newton (BS Finance and BAcc, JD Notre Dame) is the CEO and founder of Occipital Ventures, an enterprise SaaS regtech and fintech focused angel investment company.

With decades of experience in technology as a software developer, product manager and regulatory leader, Stephen’s focus is now on the ethical and global regulatory landscape for emerging technologies that will transform the human experience. Artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology and energy are a few areas where Stephen works with other industry and academic leaders to embed ethics into product, business and regulatory development to drive responsible technologies via consulting, academia, and research.

As an Air Force veteran, Stephen developed systems to support the advanced warfighter. Upon leaving the military he attended the University of Denver and majored in Accounting and Finance at Daniels, graduating in 2009. He completed his JD at the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a focus on technology and consumer privacy law. Upon graduating from Notre Dame he took a consulting role at KPMG where he worked with Fortune 500 companies on their international tax and export control programs for military technology. Stephen moved on to Amazon where he led Amazon’s global devices trade compliance programs, Alexa Voice Service Trust and Science, and company-wide regulatory compliance governance for nearly a decade. Stephen led Meta’s New Legal Obligations program, harmonizing policy, regulatory and product teams to build solutions for upcoming regulatory schema. Stephen now focuses on private placements in consumer and enterprise technology companies that build solutions to emerging ethical and regulatory problems.

Stephen has served on various boards in for-profit and nonprofit sectors including the YMCA of Greater Seattle, where he chaired the finance, investment, and insurance committees; KYG Trade, a leading enterprise SaaS global trade compliance solution provider, and the editorial board of the AI and Ethics Journal.