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Marshall Smith

General Partner and Co-Founder, Steamwork Ventures 


Marshall Smith


Marshall Smith is a General Partner and Co-Founder of Steamwork Ventures. Marshall has an extensive background in the financial services industry where he’s held multiple hats in compliance, operations and as a financial advisor.  

In 2019, Marshall caught the entrepreneurial bug and launched Practical Activation, an operations consulting practice working with startups and established businesses in helping them achieve their operational goals. As a Fractional COO, he has helped buildout operational infrastructure, systems and processes within startups and has worked with large established institutions in enhancing their business model.  

Prior to founding Practical Activation, Marshall spent 13 years in the financial services industry, most recently as the COO of a Los Angeles based SEC Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm where he oversaw all aspects of the business including operations, accounting, technology, compliance, HR, trading, new business, billing, sales, office maintenance and expansion, helping increase AUM by 223% in a 5-year period. 

When he’s not speaking with investors or diving into startup data rooms, he can typically be found spending time with his daughter, wife and dog at the beach or park. He is an avid sports fan, enjoys practicing yoga, and still finds time to play in a weekly basketball league. Marshall is an active Angel Investor with Tech Coast Angels- Los Angeles and he earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Rhode Island.  

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