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Scott J. Kleper

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Founded @Context Optional, Inc. (acquired by Adobe), early employee @several startups, @Stanford BSCS/MSCS. Mayfield Fellow. Author.

Founded @Context Optional, Inc. (acquired by Adobe), early employee @several startups, @Stanford BSCS/MSCS. Mayfield Fellow. Author.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Fundraising
  • Product
  • Front End Engineering
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Fundraising
  • • Product
  • • Front End Engineering

Involved In

Founder

Boat Launch, Inc.
Context Optional, Inc.
SpotDJ

Advisor

SpotDJ
Bright Funnel
BeCouply
Context Optional, Inc.
Shopseen
various start-ups

Positions

Venture Hacker AngelList August 2015 - present
Co-Founder, CEO Boat Launch, Inc. March 2015 - present
Investor / Advisor / Mentor various start-ups August 2012 - present
Principal Scientist Adobe Systems January 2012 - August 2014
CTO, Context Optional Efficient Frontier May 2011 - January 2012
Co-Founder, CTO Context Optional, Inc. June 2007 - May 2011
Co-Founder SpotDJ November 2005 - June 2007
Visiting Lecturer Stanford University January 2006 - April 2006
Security Architect M-Factor, Inc. December 2004 - October 2005
Author Professional C++ (Wiley, 2005) January 2005 - January 2005
User Interface Lead Reactivity, Inc. October 2000 - November 2004
Team Lead Bluedog, Inc 1999 - 2000
Intern WebTV Networks 1997 - 1998

Education

Stanford University Computer Science 1995 - 2000

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Gaming
  • • Growth hacking
  • • Dating
  • • Mobile Apps
Markets of Interest
  • • Dating
  • • Games

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Java • Ruby on Rails • C++ • Social Media • Objective-C

Key Accomplishments

Built Context Optional from concept to product to profitability to exit without a Series A. I have a strong tech background but am equally comfortable with product, building teams, architecture, and a million other roles. I tend to actively avoid doing things the way other people seem to be doing them.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

My first cofounder and I barely knew each other when we started and we survived it all and became close friends. I think that's due to the mutual respect we had for each other's opinions and our ability to disagree productively.

As an Advisor

I provide frank, often contrarian advice. Always given with a dash of "... but you really shouldn't listen to me and should do what you think is right."

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Vouches Received

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Think Scott is awesome?
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Becky Cruze
They're my investor
As an early-stage investor, Scott brought much more to the table than just capital. He became a mentor, offering advice and moral support ro ... oted in his own experiences as an entrepreneur. Scott was a real asset to our team, and I would highly recommend him as an advisor to other startups.
Jessica Alter
They're my friends  •  Founder and CEO, FounderDating. Harvard Business School grad. University of Michigan grad.
Scott's an amazing entrepreneur - thoughtful, curious and driven.
Toli Kuznets
They're my school  •  Senior Director of Engineering, Marin Software. Previously Director of Engineering, Marin Software. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
Scott and I went to Stanford together, and I've worked at a few companies with him, and consulted for his startup Context Optional. Scott d ... id a great job bootstrapping and steering his company to success despite all the naysayers, and he's done a great job building a team and executing on his vision. Scott has great ideas and understanding of how to run a company.
Kevin Barenblat
We worked together at SpotDJ  •  Founder, Fast Forward and Investor / Advisor, Investor / Advisor. Harvard Business School grad. Stanford grad.
Scott is the best cofounder ever. He's a technical genius, an amazing writer, and has a great sense of humor. You'd be incredibly lucky to ... snag him as a cofounder.

Toli Kuznets
We worked together  •  Senior Director of Engineering, Marin Software. Previously Director of Engineering, Marin Software. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
Toli is one of the hardest working people I know. Also one of the funniest.

Joe Chang
They're my friends  •  Previously Co-Founder and CTO, Marin Software. Previously Vice President of Engineering, Marin Software. Stanford grad.
Joe built Marin from a prototype to a public company, deftly handing the challenges along the way. His rational approach eschews trendy buzz ... words for strong core software engineering.

Akshay Rangnekar
We worked together  •  CTO-For-Hire at YComplex. Founder and CTO, full-stack engineer. Previously McKinsey & Co. LBS MBA. Stanford Computer Science.