After transitioning into technology from consumer packaged goods, Scott started in an internal incubator at Microsoft defining requirements and building proof-of-concept devices that demonstrated the vision of a connected home. Over 13 years at Microsoft, he subsequently built multiple new products, scalable businesses and programs. Spending over 4 years within the corporate research team grounded him in human-centered design, trend analysis and measuring business performance.
Scott was then recruited by Amazon.com to drive innovation within the payments platform organization. Over 4 years, he built an internal incubation team, launched numerous new products and subsequently took over all product management and user experience design functions for the multi-billion-dollar gift card business.
He has been a long-term proponent of innovation – co-authoring the original business plan to establish the Centre for Entrepreneurship within the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington which has grown to be a top rated program nationally. With the establishment of the program, Scott also co-organized the inaugural business plan competition and since its inception the competition has awarded almost $2M in seed funding to participating student teams. Scott understands and has worked across the “Innovation Ecosystem” including organizations like University Technology Transfer departments and Incubators, as well as the Venture Capital and Angel communities.
Along with building new businesses, teaching and mentoring is an investment that Scott has made throughout his career. He has maintained a connection to University communities by serving on the Advisory Board for the AC Nielsen Centre for Marketing Research at the Wisconsin School of Business as well as conducting on-campus case competitions/design challenges and guest lecturing across a variety of Universities.