Scott Klososky (@sklososky) is a technologist, entrepreneur and thought leader that specializes in helping leaders see the world in new ways. He has built and sold multiple companies, the largest being webcasts.com which was ultimately acquired by iBEAM for approximately $115 million in stock in April of 2000.
After the acquisition, he served as VP of Production for iBEAM and led a 150-person team that had innovations including being the first music CD to launch to the Internet, the first interactive CD-ROM to be used to lobby Congress, and the first CD-ROM/Web-based product designed to generate donations for a non-profit organization. Their clients included IBM, Compaq, AOL, Hewlett-Packard, Conoco Inc., and BMG Music, among others.
In 1988, at the age of 26, Scott founded one of the first profitable Soviet/American joint ventures, ParaGraph, Inc., with Russian partners including Garry Kasparov, the world chess champion. ParaGraph designed the original handwritten text-recognition software for the Apple Newton and was later sold to Silicon Graphics. The ParaGraph software standard is now commonly used in personal digital assistants.
Prior to founding webcasts.com’s predecessor company in 1994 Scott work with former Nixon’s protege and chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, on “The Haldeman Diaries,” a New York Times bestseller which was also one of Sony’s first profitable CD-ROM products in 1994.
Scott is the author of several books, including Did God Create the Internet?: The Impact of Technology on Humanity and The Velocity Manifesto: Harnessing Technology, Vision, and Culture to Future-Proof your Organization and today runs TriCorp Technologies, a strategic advisory firm for the Fortune 500.
Listen and Learn:
- The reason Scott went to the USSR during the Cold War and how he teamed up with chess champion Gary Kasparov
- What Scott learned about capitalism, communism and building businesses
- Why Scott “invented” TV on the internet, a tad bit too early
- The reason AI and cybersecurity are the two most important/interesting technologies in Scott’s mind
- How regulations can help save our cybersecurity problem
- What Scott does to understand his place in the world
- How working with Nixon’s Chief of Staff led to a transformation in the publishing industry
- Why cyberwarfare is so freaking scary and hard to fight
- The things to look for when creating disruptive innovation
- Why things are looking up and Scott is an optimist
- How we can reinvent education for the future
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