Scott launched his career as a technology
entrepreneur at age 16, when he began consulting in New York and later
in Dallas. He designed and wrote custom software in the emerging
personal computer market at a time when apps were sparse. While
continuing his self-education and work with computers and business, he
began developing software for retail chains.
In 1987, he joined Babbage's - now GameStop
(GME), a 6,600-store international retail chain - to launch
their Technology department when the company was operating its first 16
stores and beginning to grow exponentially. While there, he architected
and built the world's first entirely "PC-based" enterprise computing
platform to be used by a major retail chain to run its whole operation.
As CTO, Scott played an active role in the company's IPO.
With the success of his innovations at
GameStop, and with growing inquiries from major retailers about the
GameStop distributed computing technology, Scott launched Omni
Information Group in 1991 serving as the company's President and Chief
Architect. Omni quickly became a leader in the retail technology
solutions sector, winning major clients including Barnes &
In 1994, Scott joined NY-based Barnes
& Noble (BKS) as Chief Technology Officer of its
college bookstore divisions. He was responsible for overall management
of technology strategy, development and operations for the chain during
their period of explosive growth - when the "big box" retail trend took
hold in America.
Following a personal introduction in early
1996, Jeff Bezos asked Scott to join the fledgling Seattle-based
startup Amazon.com (AMZN)
as its Vice President of Business Expansion,
where Scott played a leading role in the early expansion of the
fastest-growing business in history. He was responsible for business
development, strategic planning and content acquisition &
licensing for the online megastore. Scott also played an active role in
the company's IPO.
Scott then co-founded Avenue A | Razorfish
(aQuantive) and served as its Chief Technology Officer. aQuantive
rapidly became the world's leading digital marketing technology and
services company, helping advertisers and ad agencies intelligently
build, market and grow their businesses and brands. The company was
sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6 billion (at that time the largest
acquisition Microsoft had ever made). Scott was responsible for the
architecture, development and operation of aQuantive's extensive
proprietary technology platform - as well as for building aQuantive's
R&D lab which focused on mobile, interactive TV and other
emerging digital content & advertising delivery platforms.
Scott also played an active role in the company's IPO in February, 2000.
In 2003, Scott founded GalleryPlayer - the
world's leading provider of high definition imagery and technology for
the explosive flat screen TV markets. The company invented this new
content category, licensing the world's best imagery from major
multi-national brands and building content management &
distribution solutions. GalleryPlayer had its content and technology
deployed and distributed to customers by many world class partners
including Google, Microsoft, Comcast, Panasonic, Mitsubishi and
Samsung. GalleryPlayer was sold in 2008.
Scott then created PhotoRocket in 2009 - a
revolutionary and unique photo sharing concept that made its public
debut in 2011. He is always working on new technology
& business concepts and predicting "the next big thing" in
making consumers' lives easier and more productive.
Since moving to the Pacific Northwest in
1996, Scott has been an angel investor, a venture fund investor and an
advisor to entrepreneurs and emerging technology companies in the
region. Scott is a Founders Coop investor, speaks for
the University of
Washington business school on entrepreneurship, served on the Advisory
Board of UW's Arthur W. Buerk Center
for Entrepreneurship, is on the
board of the Seattle
International Film Festival, and is a
technology/internet/startup/entrepreneurship speaker and pundit. He was
also a founding owner of 509 Wines, a boutique Washington
launched in 2004. Additionally, Scott was co-founder of Lot 47 Films, a
NY-based independent film distribution company, and for three years
served on the board of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.
In his spare time, Scott's personal
activities include flying, hiking, world travel, photography,
electronics and music.
can be reached via email by writing
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