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Steven A. Kropper
Steven A. Kropper is a Boston-based American entrepreneur and environmental activist. Since 2010, Partner at Skunk Works Fund, with focus on early stage telecom, clean energy and big data ventures.
From 2012 to 2018 Kropper was Vice President at Parallel Wireless, wireless infrastructure developer. Parallel negotiated and managed LTE deployments at the Super Bowl, NY Marathon, Rose Bowl, Indy Speedway, Republican convention, DHS Jammx and other public safety exercises. In 2008 he founded WindPole, leveraging an option portfolio of 12,000 radio towers to create meteorology data that reduced financing costs for wind farms He co-founded Domania, an Internet search engine that allows users to search through 28 million comparables or "sold home prices" dating back to 1987 at no cost. It was the first Web site enabling access to closed home price data. Domania is the precursor to Zillow.com. Domania negotiated content and promotion deals with Bloomberg, AOL, Yahoo, Realtor.com, Consumer Reports, big city newspapers and five top US banks (Citi, Chase, Norwest, GMAC and Bank of America). Domania analyzed clickstreams to discern prospective buyers, sellers and borrowers. In 2002, LendingTree (then Primedia) acquired the venture and partnerships.
Kropper’s work in clean energy stretches back to the second oil crisis. In 1979, he was appointed Energy Manager at Boston City Hospital, the city's public hospital, responsible for energy management and capital investments. In 1980, renovation of the Kropper house resulted in the first US Superinsulation home retrofit.
Since 2016, Kropper has been a Board member of the Charles River Conservancy. In 2015, he started GovOnTheT which influenced restructuring of the regional transit system. Sixty State legislators rode the MBTA on the last day of winter In 2010, he was elected MCIR co-chair. MCIR focuses on the environmental and equity burden of immigration. From 2004 to 2010, he served as elected Town Meeting member, Energy Conservation Committee Chairman, Noise Committee member, all in Lexington, Mass. In 1979, under the Boston Commissioner of Health and Hospitals, Kropper conducted the research and drafted the first laws for non-smoking sections in Boston's restaurants.
Education and awards
MBA, Cornell University; BA Economics, Boston University. New England Clean Energy Council Founding Fellow (2008) Eagle Scout. In 1974, at age 17, Kropper became the youngest recipient of a US Army R&D contract through Natick Labs.
Kropper was born in Massachusetts and spent his youth in Scotland, Ireland and ten US states. He lives in Massachusetts and is the father of two daughters.
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