Scott Fairbairn

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Atlanta, Georgia, US

Multi-startup CTO, founder, technologist looking for next thing
Scott's Skills
Scalability
Scalable Architecture
Redis
Atlas
MongoDB Inc.
MongoDB
Mongo
ElasticSearch
EC2
Amazon EC2
AWS
Software Solution Architecture
Application Architecture
Consulting
LESS
Flexbox
CSS Flexbox
Bootstrap
Webpack
ES6
JavaScript Libraries
Javscript
JavaScript
C++
Elixir
Erlang
React.js
React
Developer
Chat
Computer Vision
Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence
Business
Business Ideas
Ideas Development
Idea Person
Idea Incubation
Idea Generator
Idea Generation
Idea Creation
Creative
UX Design
UX
CTO
Business Acumen
Technology Application
Technology Architecture
Technologists
Technology Assistance
Technology Applications
Technological Innovation
Technology
Technologically Savvy
Technologist
Early Stage Ventures
Joint Ventures
Venture Creation
Software Architectural Design
Mobile Application Design
Mobile Application Development
Mobile Commerce
Mobile
Mobile Apps
Mobile Applications
Technology Advisory
Software Coding
Software Build
Software as a Service
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software Architecture
Software + Services
Software
Programming
Business Development
Technical
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

Age Group

36-55

About Scott

I've been a software engineer, startup founder and entrepreneur for almost 30 years, having created both private and public companies on both coasts including Silicon Valley and right here in Atlanta. My specific talent is the ability to bring leading-edge technology solutions to a raw idea along with creative insight, business strategy, and rapid execution to incubate new ventures - from napkin idea to launch to growth to exit.

Right now I'm looking for a new challenge to pursue. I'm on the hunt for the right combination of partner and idea, market size and potential. In addition to technology build and execution, I can also bring other talent, time, my network of relationships, and a headful of common business sense and experience to give our next endeavor a head start.

Former exits... Bytewise (industrial automation), Datasoft (fintech), iLumen (D&B for private companies), RocketStream (accelerated data delivery), Voyant (broadband for airlines), Leadblossom (high performance data search), Davinci (multi-channel marketing), CUTC (hospitality), HotFlock (hotel normalization technologies).

I love SaaS, mobile, dashboards, streaming, big data, analytics, smart people, low hanging fruit, great ux, industries screaming for next generation solutions, killing legacy products, and blowing customers (and investors) away.

After having had discussions with a great number of founders from this site, I need to provide this guidance...

I'm presently not interested in (a) joining a larger "founding" team that already has a complex cap table and looking to replace their tech founders (or tech escapees) unless you're willing to revisit the cap table, (b) inheriting an existing MVP or platform (I'd rather create from scratch) (c) building a complex solution for free (at my cost, which is typically $150,000-250,000 for starters) and handing over the IP rights to an unproven team or individual (expect a JV model or lien on the tech until you perform as well), (d) participating in any venture that does not have a researched and validated revenue model, and lastly (e) working with any founder that does not have direct subject matter expertise in the problem at hand (otherwise we have to go find that expertise and that puts the venture at risk).

Finally, I'm always willing to listen, learn, and help in any way I can. I've been around the block, I know how this process works, and I've started companies in a garage with nothing but a keyboard and sold them for millions. I'm eager to share my knowledge. When we connect, you're going to want the pitch from me, and I'm happy to meet you, explain my background, share my experiences, and then we can get into the meat of the matter; but be prepared to pitch me as well. Truth is, you have an idea, and possibly a prototype right now. That's not much. Unless you've got seed or Series A funding sewn up, you're potentially cash poor as well; yet you're looking for a tech co-founder that has top-tier qualifications and mounds of experience. You need to be realistic. Technology is not simple, easy, or free to develop - certainly not high quality technology which is the only thing I'll be involved in, so you need to treat me (and other tech co-founders) much like you would a VC, because we're putting in hard and soft dollars to bring your venture to life. Time is my most valuable commodity at this juncture and I'm not interested in pro-bono work.

Serious people with expertise in their field or industry, that see and understand a true market opportunity, already have a rolodex of relationships, customers to call upon to validate a concept, and a little cash and security stashed away to spend time on the idea. If you're serious, let's talk. If you're dreaming, unrealistic about what it will take, looking for free labor to build "anything", and your only attractor is a piece of paper for fractional interest in a napkin idea, I'm not your pick.

Quote

The journey is the reward. - ..Mr. Steve Jobs

Work Experience

Co-Founder

Bytewise

January 1989 - December 1992

Automation solutions based on software and hardware-based laser management platforms for the tire industry. Acquired.

Founder

DataSoft

January 1992 - December 1996

Fintech startup providing fraud detection, check management, and regulatory compliance software. Acquired.

Founder

RocketStream

January 2002 - December 2006

Startup focused on real-time video telemetry and accelerated file transfer using proprietary data packet delivery system. Acquired.

Founder / CTO

Voyant

January 2006 - December 2008

Public company, technology holding company, developing next generation broadband systems for commercial airlines. Rolled up.

Founder

Leadblossom

January 2009 - December 2011

Stealth mode startup incubating high speed data search and intelligence systems.

Co-Founder

Davinci

January 2011 - December 2013

Startup based around high speed data search, fulfillment, and multi-channel outbound marketing systems. Acquired.

Co-Founder

CUTC

January 2014 - November 2017

Discount travel platform for national credit union members. Acquired.

CEO

Breakthrough Technologies

January 1996 - Today

Startup partner and software development boutique. We build gorgeous, scalable products.

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology

BSEE / First Startup in College

1984 - 1988

Co-working Space

ROAM

2015 - Today