Mr. Podradchik, co-founder of Seattle Avionics, has a long history starting and running innovative technology firms. Before Seattle Avionics, he was the founder and CEO of Verge Wireless, developer of an innovative handheld wireless device. Prior to that, he was the founder and CEO of Marketwave Corporation, a leading enterprise-class Web traffic analysis firm that was sold to Accrue Software, Inc. in 1999 for about $80 million. Prior to Marketwave, he was the founder and CEO of Medio Multimedia, an award-winning Seattle-based multimedia company. Before Medio, he was a manager at Microsoft. He received his degree from the Wharton School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.
When he was young, Steve wanted to be an astronaut or at least fly fast planes. After selling Marketwave in 1999, he finally had the time to pursue this interest and got his VFR ticket. He started Seattle Avionics because the whole experience of planning cross-country trips, both as a student and later as a private pilot, seemed far too cumbersome with the software then on the market.