PurpleSky’s founder offers an uncanny ability to assess and deliver exactly what a young company needs because he’s been there many times himself. From the outset of his entrepreneurial endeavors, Scott has been an integral part of China’s business evolution, founding companies in areas including internet search, video streaming, social messaging, outdoor LED media and onshore Liquified Natural Gas operations.
This firsthand experience is complemented by more than 20 years working in a wide spectrum of industries for international companies in leading management roles, not least as CFO of a multimillion-dollar-revenue kitchen, bathroom and sanitary ware conglomerate, where he was instrumental in guiding the company’s floatation on Deutsche Börse’s prime standard market board in 2010. Scott has served as Director of Business Management at W.R. Grace, overseeing mergers and acquisitions across Greater China, and in senior financial analyst roles for Delphi Corporation and General Motors. He’s been intimately involved in tech and finance in China since the rebirth of the country’s securities market, and began his investment banking career at CITIC Securities during the mid-90s.
Scott has received widespread recognition for his angel investment accomplishments, including annual “Best Angel Investor” and “Most Active Angel Investor” awards from TechNode (China and Asia’s official partner of TechCrunch), The Founder magazine, The Entrepreneur magazine, and Zero2IPO. He has also featured in China Venture’s 2015 list of the top 10 angel and early-stage investors, as well as its 2015 top five most notable VCs by RMB LPs. He graduated from Columbia Business School in 1998 with an MBA degree in Finance and Strategy.
Known for his unquenchable curiosity, mile-a-minute mind and knack for striking home-run investments, Scott has a down-to-earth nature that is deeply in tune with the latest social and technological trends. He also intimately understands how China works and what it takes to succeed here.
Scott maintains PurpleSky’s star-studded portfolio by combining a blend of worldly wisdom and, well, Inke, Momo and WeChat, through which more than a quarter of a million people follow his thoughts and insights on business and technology. Scott understands what makes China’s social and sharing economy tick because he engages with new technology alongside the people who use it. This affinity allows PurpleSky to instantly distinguish the no-brainer from the hair-brained, while granting the foresight to help influence the calculus defining China’s future.