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 PC market, while continuing his self-education and work in tech and business.
In 1987, he joined Babbage's - now GameStop
(GME), the 7200+ location international retail chain - to launch
and lead their IT department as CTO when the company was only 16
stores big, and beginning to grow exponentially. While there, he architected
and built the world's first entirely "PC-based" distributed-computing platform to be used by any major retail chain to run its whole operation.
With the successful innovations at
GameStop, and with interest from other major retailers for his distributed
computing platform, Scott launched Omni
Information Group in 1991. 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 CTO of its
college bookstore divisions. He was responsible for technology strategy, development and operations for the chain during
their period of explosive growth - when the "big box" retail took
hold in America.
In 1996, Scott met 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 more for what would become the global megastore.
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 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 aQuantive's
R&D lab which focused on mobile, interactive TV and other
emerging digital content & advertising platforms.
In 2003, Scott founded GalleryPlayer - a 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 distribution technologies. GalleryPlayer deployed and distributed to customers by many world class partners
including Google, Microsoft, Comcast, Panasonic, Mitsubishi and
Scott then created PhotoRocket in 2009 - a
revolutionary and unique photo sharing concept - when photography first moved to phones.
Scott continues to launch projects in both tech and entertainment, currently including development of a mobile contextual search platform, and a new television series.
Since arriving in the Pacific Northwest in 1996, Scott has been funding companies and mentoring entrepreneurs & emerging
technology companies. He 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 served on the
board of Seattle's
Woodland Park Zoo. He was also a founding owner of 509 Wines, a boutique Washington
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)