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Scott is a seed investor inKimono Labs, founded by Pratap Ranade and Ryan Rowe out of Y-Combinator in Spring 2014. Kimono allows developers to easily create structured data outputs and build application programmer interfaces (APIs) in seconds, providing "web scraping as a service." It is helping to map the structured web, prioritizing data as the asset, as we move to a world of fragmented acquisition channels, an Internet of Things, and a fully digital environment.
Kimono has been covered by a number of publications such as:
Scott is an advisor to Spire, a global remote sensing data company that will be powered by 100 nano satellites. Spire offers faster revisit times for remote sensing over the 75 percent of the world's surface covered by water. As such, Spire powers unparalleled resources for maritime domaine awareness, asset tracking, global shipping and trade insurance, satellite weather, monitoring illegal fishing and piracy, as well as search and rescue. Spire raised$25 million Series Afunding fromRRE Ventures,based in New York.
As a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, Scott sourced the original seed investment in Storefront, the Airbnb of short-term commercial real estate. To date, MDV's investment has seen a 6x increase. Scott works closely with Storefront founders Tristan Pollack and Erik Eliason as they build a marketplace for online-first brands to locate and rent short-term offline space, bringing offline experience to online efficiency. Storefront offers merchants, traditional and new, the chance to A/B test in the physical world through short-term pop-up shops, and short-duration leases. The MDV investment in Storefront was led by General Partner Katherine Barr.
In 2014 Storefront raised $7.3 million from MDV and Spark Capital:
Scott is the interim President of Strategy and Operations, at Klink. Klink is a big data identity enterprise platform that bridges mobile and CRM, and streamlines end-to-end workflow. Klink structures caller ID data from over 100 sources in real time, and allows full integration with cloud and on-premise private branch exchange (PBX) phone systems, interactive voice response (IVR), and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Contactive also has a consumer facing app on iOS and Android with over 1 million downloads.
As a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, Scott sourced the original seed investment in AirPR, a marketplace and analytics platform helping companies not only find PR professionals, but also quantify reach and lift of PR dollars spent. MDV's investment has seen a 2x increase in value. The AirPR investment at MDV was led by General Partner Bryan Stolle.
Scott is an investor in Impraise, a mobile performance management software that allows companies to build 360 reviews through a lightweight mobile app. Impraise is is a Y-Combinator company founded by a global team.
Scott has held venture capital office hours for students of Stanford GSB since 2012, and acted as a mentor in Steve Blank's graduate course, "Tech Entrepreneurship & Lean Startups," ENGR 245, explained here:
Scott is an advisor to Caliber, a mobile networking app that allows individuals to connect with professionals in their area. Caliber also powers a white label solution that enables companies, universities, and interest groups to activate their stale network with a new consumer mobile interface for iOS and Android.
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
Scott has been a mentor at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business since 2011, hosting office hours for undergraduate and graduate school entrepreneurs.