Scott Jones is a veteran entrepreneur, inventor, strategist, and venture capitalist. At age 25, Scott co-founded Boston Technology (now Comverse, Inc.), where he invented a massively scalable, easy-to-use voicemail system, implemented in C and UNIX, that has been used by over 2.5 billion people around the world. The company was sold for $843 million in the ’90s.
Subsequently, Scott co-founded Gracenote, the planet’s largest music recognition and discovery service, now receiving over 180 billion queries annually, powering iTunes and dozens of other top music services and devices. The company was sold to Sony in 2008 for $260 million.
Scott has invested his talents and capital in various other entrepreneurial ventures including ChaCha (a Q&A company that operates a top-100 website and top-ranked mobile apps for iPhone, Android, and mobile Web), PrecisePath Robotics (a robotic lawn mower company acquired by MTD, which supplies most of Sears’ and Lowes’ lawn equipment), Art Technology Group (an e-commerce platform acquired by Oracle), PowerFile (a storage system technology acquired by Hitachi), and MOG (a digital music service acquired by Beats, which is being acquired by Apple). He has helped raise more than $200 million collectively for his companies.
As an inventor, Scott has already been awarded 38 patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office, with several more pending.
Eleven Fifty is Scott’s newest venture to help educate app and web developers with not only programming skills, but to help them succeed as entrepreneurs.