We’re thrilled to announce that technology and startup operations expert, Scott Ford, has recently joined the Rapt Media team as Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Scott will ensure smooth delivery and fulfillment for Rapt Media’s expanding customer base as well as managing overall company operations. He will be an integral member of the leadership team, working with all departments to contribute to overall revenue and growth.
So who is Scott Ford, exactly? To put it simply, he is an experienced executive who gets stuff done. Scott has an impressive background working in everything from IT to sales to customer support. He has contributed to positive growth for both internal and external operations throughout his career and we’re thrilled to have him join the growing team at Rapt Media.
Handshakes and healthcare paperwork aside, we like to dig a little deeper when welcoming new faces to our team. We sat down with Scott to really get to know him — what he’s proud of in his (impressive) professional career, what he does for fun, and why he ultimately made the move to join our awesome team here at Rapt Media.
Here’s what he had to say...
Q: Give us a quick snapshot of your background before coming to Rapt Media?
A: I’m originally from Southern California, but made the best move of my life coming to Boulder nearly 22 years ago. Since then, I’ve worked in a number of roles within several technology companies in the Boulder area, including my last role as VP of Global Operations for a large medical device and software manufacturer. I spent 10 years helping grow the company from about $200 million to over $1 billion in revenue.
Q: What made you want to come to Rapt Media?
A: I’ve always been an entrepreneur — I started selling carpet samples door-to-door as door mats when I was a kid — and founded my first company in 2002. I love working with small teams who have the “get it done” attitude. After 10 years in a larger company, I wanted to go back to the startup community and Rapt Media fit the bill. They have a great team of smart, passionate people making awesome products.
Q: What is your favorite thing you’ve learned about Rapt Media so far?
A: The Rapt team knows how to have fun. We have a great culture and everyone is willing and eager to pitch in to solve a problem.
Q: What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
A: Generally, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two active boys that keep me busy and as a family we love to travel. We have a huge map in our house and everyone has a pin they use to mark the places we’ve been. It’s like a huge game of Risk.
Q: What’s one thing that people would be most surprised to learn about you?
A: I was once in a public service announcement with the band Iron Maiden about making sure people wear their seat belts. I spent an afternoon filming it with the band, and of course, Vince and Larry, the "Crash Test Dummies."
Q: What’s your most unusual talent?
A: I don’t know that it’s that unusual, but I learned to juggle when I was about 12 years old and I occasionally embarrass by wife and kids at the grocery store by juggling and eating an apple.
Q: What do you never leave home without?
Q: What are you reading?
A: I read a lot — probably around three books a month — and have a wide variety of interests. I tend to read a lot of business books and I love a good spy novel, but my most recent book is “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero. It’s not my typical read, but I loved the title and have enjoyed the first few chapters.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone (living, deceased, fictitious or non), who would it be and why?
A: I would love to have lunch with Ole Kirk Christiansen (the founder of The LEGO Group) because so much of my life and now my kid’s life are spent playing with his products.
You can connect with Scott on LinkedIn.