In the 1990’s and 2000’s, Steve Papermaster served as co-founder and Executive Committee Member of TechNet, the leading bi-partisan tech industry lobbying group and collective brain trust of greater Silicon Valley.

As Chairman of Texas and co-chairman nationally, Steve worked with John Chambers (CEO of Cisco), John Doerr (Kleiner Perkins VC partner), Jim Barksdale and Marc Andreessen (CEO and co-founder of Netscape), and other tech leaders.

TechNet tackled policy issues such as internet taxation, immigration, education, privacy vs. open access, and intellectual property/patent law.