Scott Russell


Scott has over 30 years of FinTech, private equity and technology experience and has successfully helped raise seven venture funds and invest over $2.5BN in technology startups. In 1996, he co-founded SOFTBANK Technology Ventures and invested in over 40 software, financial services & Internet companies, including Supportsoft (NASDAQ: SPRT); E*Loan (EELN); (BUYX); Prio (acquired by Infospace); Invesmert (acquired by StanCorp Financial); Personalogic (AOL). Scott’s other portfolio involvement included E*Trade (NASDAQ: ET), Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), Intertrust (acquired by Sony), Multex (acquired by Reuters) & Zip2 (Compaq).

In 2002, Scott helped co-found Carnegie-Mellon University’s (CMU) Silicon Valley campus along with several other prominent alumni. In 2004, joined Diamondhead Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm as a General Partner. In 2007, Scott created eCarnegieTech to more formally mentor, incubate, co-found & invest in CMU startups. Prior to his career in venture capital, Scott spent 14 years managing corporate technology for Swiss Bank, SG Warburg, Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan. Scott has been both a major purchaser of technology as well as the manager of numerous large software development teams. Scott is a member of CMU’s School of Computer Science Dean’s Advisory Board and an advisor to the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at the Tepper Business School. Scott holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and completed the SG Warburg sponsored Advanced Development Program at the London Business School.

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