Last 5 years or so: Founded, ran and sold two startups (ClickCaster and Medioh). Past 20 years or so: worked in senior executive (Director, VP, Sr. VP) positions for Apple, Paramount Pictures/Viacom, Motorola, MCI, Nagravision and McCloud USA. Currently consulting and investigating new business opportunities.
Scott Converse is deeply experienced executive and an expert in software development, media & online community creation (Apple Computer, Paramount Pictures, Kudelski Group, ClickCaster Inc.) Carrier class communication & software environments focused on services (MCI, Motorola, McLeodUSA) and early stage Internet software startups (ClickCaster.com, Medioh!). Scott Converse has started and sold two companies and is currently consulting, angel investing, writing a book and looking for the next big thing.
Scott Converse's Background
Scott Converse's Experience
Consulting CTO, Strategist at Stealth Startup Companies
Services, apps & games.
Vice President of Engineering at Kudelski Group
July 2009 - April 2011
VP of engineering in charge of software development for Medioh! A Kudelski Brand, part of Nagravision. We created scalable cloud based media management and work flow systems that aggregated mid-tail video content, integrated social networking and provided cross platform (CE devices, iOS, Android) app and content publishing, SDP, CMS, video encoding, credit card transaction capabilities and integrated advertising/ACR platforms for multimedia devices. Created and delivered (beta) a custom server/cloud/web based widget/app system for a large French cable operator that ran on existing/in the field set top boxes.
Medioh! was founded in 2007 and acquired by Nagravision mid 2009.
Founder/CTO at Medioh Inc.
November 2007 - July 2009
Founder/CTO at Medioh Inc. We created a flexible and highly scalable server based broadband television platform (The Guide) that provided access to 10's of millions of video's from thousands of different web sites with tools for users to easily create personalized TV networks, integrated advertising and API's for developers to simply integrate Medioh video services into any internet capable device (PC's, TV's and cell phones).
Created a video publishing platform (TheStudio) that provided video producers with easy to use web based tools for publishing, managing transactions (VOD) and integrating revenue producing advertising into their content for distribution to PCâs and IP enabled network devices.
Acquired by Nagravision, a Kudelski Group company, Mid 2009.
Founder & CEO at ClickCaster Inc.
February 2005 - March 2008
Created one of the first Podcasting services on the internet providing access to tools for the creation, publishing and monitization of audio and video podcasts. Sold the business in early 2008 to Nexplore Corporation (the Clickcaster URL, user base, service and a license for the server based software). Intellectual property, assets and personnel shifted focus to a new business targeting social television platforms (MediOH! Inc.).
General Manager-CableTV/Telephony/Data at McLeodUSA
September 2003 - September 2004
General Manager of the Cable TV, High Speed Internet and Telephony business for McLeodUSA. Operated a highly advanced fiber to the curb based triple play system for the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Responsible for all aspects of the business including product development, business development, sales, marketing, field ops, customer service, billing, provisioning & finance/P&L.
Vice President- Strategy & Technology Planning at MCI
July 1999 - January 2003
Ran the global services strategy planning/business development team (20 people) for the companies Intelligent Services Platform (ISP). This included understanding technology and trends, identifying new business opportunities based on trends and putting together the business models, products and implementation strategy.
Responsible for all global services program management for ISP related products. This included working across multiple company divisions and managing a group of 100+ program and project managers managing $100 million plus of software development dollar budgets.
Divisional Vice President & Director- High Speed Wireless Systems at Motorola
February 1997 - April 1999
New multimedia product development for greenfield (Asia and S. American) markets.
Led development for application software for 4G (HighSpeed Wireless) division.
Vice President-Viacom; Sr. Vice President, Paramount Digital Entertainment at Viacom / Paramount Pictures
October 1994 - February 1997
Head of development: Interactive services- Viacom Inc.
Founding executive (Sr. VP) of Paramount Pictures digital division (Paramount Digital Entertainment-PDE).
Ran all of PDE's advanced online services and emerging web projects development .
Sr. Group Manager-eWorld, Apple Electronic Media Lab Director at Apple Computer
July 1987 - October 1994
Sr. Analyst, support-developed companywide support systems strategy.
Manager-Channel Systems-developed next generation support and communications systems for customers and developers,
Sr. Manager, Developer Services- created and distributed all electronic information for Apple developers worldwide (online and CD-ROM based).
Sr. Manager, Apple Online Services- Co-founded the eWorld group. Developed all client software for Apple's eWorld online service. Founded and acted as director of the Apple Electronic Media Lab (AEML)- advanced product research for all Apple online products.
While at Apple, as a hobby, founded and ran the largest Mac based BBS system called OneNet (The OneNet Member Network)- all pre-internet.
eWorld Wikipedia Reference:
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The OneNet Member Network Reference:
Scott Converse's Interests & Activities
architecture, building, community radio & underground radio (http://archive.boulderweekly.com/090601/coverstory.html), green building, not so big house design, Non Profits, NPO, New urbanism, storm chasing, photography, film, video, broadband video, ancient maps, music, recording, online gaming, casual gaming, startups, Entrepreneurship, renewable energy, bootstrapping, fund raising, directorships, media, software development, team building, zen, Boulder, Colorado, mountains, healthy eating, exercise, politics, UGC, long tail business models, Creating global networks (http://web.archive.org/web/20010825071300/www.scottconverse.com/onenet.htm)