Steve Hotovec is the president of Barastone Investments and has more than 20 years of experience in investing, managing, and financial product development. He began his professional financial career with Lehman Brothers in Menlo Park, Calif. actively managing investment portfolios, and specializing in 144 (restricted stock, transactions) for Silicon Valley founders and employees. Mr. Hotovec co-founded and grew one of the SF Bay area's first independent boutique technology, research, and institutional trading firms. He developed an open-architecture investment platform allowing institutions and family offices to link multiple managers and strategies to a single investor controlled account. He is a contributing author to The Global Macro Edge and speaker on the subjects of risk-based (budget) investments, and the importance of liquidity and capital controls within public and private investment portfolios.