TL;DR In short, I’m a technology entrepreneur, software engineer, a tech-geek, musician, U.S. Army veteran, and more importantly, a husband and a dad. I’m fairly involved in the Atlanta technology and startup community. I love worthy causes and good fights. I hate whiny people!
Who Scott Burkett
What Technology entrepreneur, gadfly, software engineer, tech-geek, musician, Army veteran, husband, dad
When 1969 — present
I am the author of “Joes: The Cold War Diaries, Volume 1“, which is a hilarious look at the real-life exploits and antics of a forward-deployed tank battalion during the Cold War era in West Germany. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Gold Star Mothers Association – a worth cause if there ever was one.
I currently serve as the Founder and CEO of Incursus, Inc., a boutique creative-design and open source software studio in Atlanta. We Create Thingz.®
I served for 3 years as the Chief Technology Officer for Apto Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) services and solutions. They have offices and logistics/warehouse facilities in Atlanta, Austin, and Silicon Valley.
As the CTO for MFG.com (a Jeff Bezos portfolio company), I had a blast in helping them restructure and scale up their technology team. MFG.com is the largest global online marketplace for manufacturers looking to source custom-manufactured parts. Since 2000, over $16B (billion) in sourcing opportunities have been facilitated by MFG.com.
I spent a little over 3 years as the Chief Operating Officer at StarPound Technologies, an open-source software company that provides a platform for call centers, PBXs, and other voice applications. We launched new products, scored our first customers (including a Global Fortune 50 company), and had a ton of fun along the way.
Prior to StarPound, I was the CEO/Chairman of PlayMotion, Inc. We were controller-less gaming, on a grand scale, years before Microsoft Kinect came along. Fun uber-early stage turn-around adventure. We built a profitable-yet-fun business, with a customer base that included Walt Disney, Cartoon Network, NASCAR, Bravo TV, Sanofi Aventis, SEGA, and AMC Theaters. We also earned a Top 10 Innovative Company award from the Technology Association of Georgia. I really miss this team – they rocked! :)
After we all flushed our worthless dot com portfolios down the toilet, I founded Incursio, which was a technology incubator/IP farm. We created 12 properties, sold 6. Included in this was the largest online community in the visual arts space (at the time), which is now owned by one of the largest privately-held publishing/media companies in the United States.
Back in the dot com haze, I was VP of Technology & Development for MetalMaker, Inc., a venture-backed startup B2B exchange on the supply side of the steel industry. I helped incubate the company as a consultant, and later joined the team proper. We raised a boatload of money from Lehman Ventures, then ran into the dot com wall at 100 miles an hour. It hurt, but we all learned a lot. In that regard, probably the most successful thing I’ve done.
I tell this story to a lot of our PitchCamp attendees, and I thought I’d throw it up here. In 2008, PlayMotion was selected as a TAG Top 10 Technology Company in the state of Georgia. We were invited to fast pitch at the Summit event (1,500 or so in attendance – huge). I worked tirelessly on this pitch, and the night before the event, Mike Blake and I basically rewrote the thing from scratch. He destroyed it after listening to me rehearse. You really have to invite that sort of thing.
I must say that it turned out quite well. 3 slides, and very conversational – the way it should be. I owe Mike for that one. This is also where I made my infamous political statement at the end of the video. Attica! Attica! lol.
Also in this video is the original pitch that Jeff Haynie did for Appcelerator. Very cool stuff …
I co-founded StartupLounge.com, which provides a focus on entrepreneurship and venture capital in the southeast. We publish a professionally-produced podcast which gets far more listens than we ever imagined it would. We also do a boatload of free events for entrepreneurs and investors, including our main StartupLounge/Atlanta event (which draw hundreds of fast-growth entrepreneurs and investors) and PitchCamp, which is a free interactive workshop session aimed at helping entrepreneurs refine their elevator pitch. You can read about my partner-in-crime Mike Blake here.
Through our efforts individually, and via StartupLounge, Mike and I are involved in all sorts of exciting things here in Georgia, such as:
Wifi Cat is the new cloud. The cloud is the new web. The web is the new superhighway. Thus, Wifi Cat is the superhighway to the web cloud. Tell your friends. You can also read the full story on this spoof.
While watching the video above, play the slides below:
At Ignite! Atlanta (2009), I was asked by Paul Freet and Keith McGregor at VentureLab to get up and do a blind presentation – in other words, present an automated/timed deck of slides that I’d never seen before, on a surprise topic. Unfortunately, I agreed. Enjoy “The Meaning of Life.”
Before all of that, I spent a great deal of time in the corporate consulting space. Through stints at CAP Gemini, Cambridge Technology Partners, and DCI, I worked with a lot of huge enterprises, including the ones shown below. I was involved in all sorts of technology-related engagements, from re-tooling legacy mainframe developers to client/server and web technologies, to developing really cool new products. Note to young entrepreneurs – if you want to find some big industry problems that need to be solved, throw a dart at a Fortune 1000 listing and go apply there – then keep your eyes and ears open.
I joined the Army right out of High School, and trained at the Armor School at Ft. Knox, Kentucky (M1 Tanker). I then shipped out overseas, and was stationed in cold-war era West Germany – 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), 1st Raider Brigade, 3d Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment. Rock of the Marne!
I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my wife and two daughters. We collect art, are patrons of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, and we’re involved in a number of charities, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Humane Society.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Computer Information Systems from Thomas A. Edison State College.
Oh, I was also in a rock band. We cut a record once.