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Scott is a seed investor inKimono Labs, founded by Pratap Ranade out of Y-Combinator in Spring 2014. In February 2016, Kimono Labs was acquired by Palantir, a data analytics company that has raised over $2.5 billion in venture capital, and was most recently valued at $25 billion.
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, and $40 million Series B from Bessemer Ventures. Spire has raised $70 million in venture capital, and will have 100 satellites deployed by 2017.
Scott is an investor in CoverWallet, a platform that makes it easy for anyone to manage business insurance online. CoverWallet is the third company founded by Inaki Berenguer, founder of Pixable (acquired by SingTel), and Klink (acquired by Fuze). CoverWallet has raised $2M from Two Sigma, Founder Collective, and Highland Capital Partners.
Scott was VP of Strategy and Business Development at Klink through its acquisition by Fuze (fka ThinkingPhones). Klink had employee-facing applications for iOS, Android, Chrome, and Desktop, a consumer app with 1 million downloads, and $4 million in venture capital.
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:
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.
Since its founding in 2011, Scott has served as an Advisor to The Hattery, a design-services firm, co-working space, and technology incubator located in San Francisco's SOMA district. Hattery is now managed by 1776.
Scott is an advisor to Caliber, a mobile networking app that allows individuals to connect with professionals in their area. Caliber brings a conversational approach to professional networking, bringing the power and ease of WhatsApp-style, platform-agnostic, mobile conversations to relationship building.
Scott serves as an Advisor in 123.AI, an artificial intelligence startup based in the Bay Area focused on improving access to the corpus of legal knowledge.
From 2015-2016, Scott was a Venture Partner at Metamorphic Ventures, a $70 million early-stage venture capital firm based in New York City. There, Scott focused on sourcing investments as well as operationally supporting Metamorphic's portfolio companies and CEOs.
Tuition.io is a Santa Monica-based platform that has helped tens of thousands of students organize and manage over $2 billion in student loans, and offers an employer benefit option of helping pay down student debt. Scott sourced the original seed investment in Tuition.io at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Tuition.io raised a $5 million Series A led by MassMutual Ventures in 2015.