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Scott Haylon

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Boston Area, US

Head of Business Development, Datadog

Head of Business Development, Datadog

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations

Involved In


Director of Business Development (Partnerships & Alliances) Datadog June 2015 - present
Director of Business Development (Partnerships & Alliances) Yesware January 2014 - June 2015
Director of Business Development Mortar Data June 2012 - January 2014
Associate Techstars January 2012 - June 2012
Senior Associate Symmetric September 2006 - December 2011


Boston College Law School 2004 - 2007
University of Richmond 2000 - 2004

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Product
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Video
  • • sales

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Sales • Business Development

Key Accomplishments

I attended Boston College Law School right after college, fully intending to become an attorney. However, I ended up taking a course on venture capital and discovered a passion for strategy and building businesses. I quickly decided to look into venture capital investing, ultimately joining Symmetric Capital as its first employee (pre-fund) and working there throughout my third year of law school. Starting from no offices, no website, no investment prospects, and no fund, we successfully raised $200 million and pursued thousands of companies, closing six investments. Symmetric employed a proactive sourcing model, so I did everything from calling and meeting with CEOs to structuring deals and conducting due diligence.

Although I had a great experience in private equity, I had a burning desire to be an entrepreneur. It seems to run in my blood, as four of my father’s five siblings have been founders. In October 2011, I decided to make a change. I started by picking up some consulting work for an early-stage company called Blueleaf, which provides software-as-a-service for financial advisors. While there, I designed and executed on the company’s first organized sales process, helping to more than double assets under management on the platform in under five months. I later worked on business development as the company began building an API, mapping Blueleaf’s industry and identifying potential partners.

Shortly thereafter, I got the opportunity to work at TechStars, helping their latest class of 13 companies with customer development, sales, business development, and strategy. Through TechStars, I became part of the founding team of Boston Startup School, which recruits and trains young professionals to prepare them to be highly productive startup employees. At BSS, I am responsible for attracting sponsors, seeking (and successfully receiving) commitments of $10,000 from companies interested in early access to BSS graduates.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I have a relentless work ethic and burning desire to build successful businesses with great people.

I have spent my entire career running through walls, gaining experience in sales, investing, and law along the way. At Symmetric, I cold-called thousands of companies per year to try to find a single deal, which taught me a lot about how to very quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of both businesses and entrepreneurs. I dug deeply into specific industries to uncover trends, also working on business development and other initiatives with the firm’s portfolio companies. Having sat on the investors’ side of the table, I understand how they evaluate companies and entrepreneurs to identify the very small number that seem to be a fit for their investment strategy.

After deciding to leave Symmetric, I networked aggressively, meeting one-on-one with over one hundred early-stage entrepreneurs and investors while receiving a crash course in early stage companies through my work with Blueleaf and TechStars. I have seen the challenges startups face first-hand, working with them in the trenches on customer development, sales, business development, and strategy. Lastly, I have experience as part of a founding team with Boston Startup School, where we took a group of people who had known each other for less than a month and built a highly-functioning team working under a tight timeline to create curricula and find sponsors, instructors, and students.

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