Scott Lipsky is a Seattle-based serial entrepreneur and investor, responsible for
launching, financing, growing and leading many startups and successful companies. His
experience includes key roles at Amazon, aQuantive, Barnes & Noble and Gamestop.
Beginning at the age of 16, Scott was early in the tech space where he began developing
apps before apps were on the world’s radar. He designed and wrote custom software in the emerging personal computer market, while continuing his self-education and work with tech and business.
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 interest from major retailers about his unique distributed
computing platform, Scott launched Omni
Information Group in 1991 serving as the company's CEO 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.
In 1996, Scott was introduced to Jeff Bezos. Together they quickly agreed that Scott
should 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 explosive growth of the
fastest-growing business in history. He was responsible for business
development, strategic planning and content acquisition &
licensing for the worldwide megastore. Scott also played an active role in
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 Microsoft's largest
acquisition ever). 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.
Since arriving in the Pacific Northwest in 1996, Scott has been busy
starting & funding companies and mentoring entrepreneurs & emerging
technology companies. He frequently speaks at universities and conferences on
launching and building successful startups, and is on the board of the Seattle
International Film Festival. Additionally, Scott was co-founder of Lot 47 Films, a
NY-based independent film distribution company. And in 2016, Scott was an Executive
Producer on Garry Marshall's film, "Mother's Day", starring Julia Robers, Jennifer
Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis. For three years Scott also served on the
board of Seattle's
Woodland Park Zoo. He was also a founding owner of 509 Wines, a boutique Washington
Scott is always working on development & funding of new technology and
business concepts, focused on trying to predict "the next big thing" in
making consumers' lives easier and more productive. His next big project is already
underway, in the ever-growing mobile messaging space.
Scott's personal interests and activities include flying, hiking, world travel, photography, food and music.
can be reached via email by writing
to: web at
lipsky dot net)