LOS ALTOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ignition Partners, an early stage, business software venture capital firm, today announced Scott Coleman has joined as a business development partner in the firm’s new Los Altos office. Scott will identify technical and go-to-market opportunities, as well as drive strategic partnerships for the firm’s portfolio companies by leveraging his mix of technology industry experience, a history of working with startups across the entire stack, financial background as an equity analyst, and business development background.
Scott joins Ignition from Microsoft where he led Startup Growth Partners. In this role, Scott worked with a wide range of technology companies from early to growth stage to solve technical and go-to-market challenges, served as a conduit for the emerging tech community into and across Microsoft, and built partnerships with leading venture capital firms globally. Scott’s team also ran seven Microsoft Accelerators globally that produced over 500 graduates that cumulatively raised nearly $2 billion of venture funding.
“Having worked with Scott as a partner for many years, we know first-hand that his technical and business background, as well as his ability to help startups scale, are a great fit with our hands-on philosophy in working with our portfolio companies. We are thrilled to add Scott and this capability to the Ignition team,” said Nick Sturiale, managing partner, Ignition Partners.
Prior to Microsoft Startup Growth Partners, Scott led the Technology Innovation Portfolio team as a senior vice president at Bank of America where he worked with the venture community and their portfolio companies to find innovative solutions to the bank’s most pressing technology needs. Before Bank of America, he led technology business development at Morgan Stanley where he focused on IT strategy, and partnering with banking, equities, and venture capitalists to drive Morgan Stanley's technology platform.
Scott holds a Master's of public policy with an emphasis on technology policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.
“I am thrilled to join the great team at Ignition, and have long admired its model of creating powerful partnerships to ignite great companies, and to help outstanding entrepreneurs build the world’s greatest technology companies,” said Scott.
About Ignition Partners
Ignition Partners helps entrepreneurs build innovative, category-defining businesses of lasting value. The firm, with offices in Bellevue, Wash. and Los Altos, Calif., specializes in early-stage investments in “consumerized” enterprise IT, cloud computing and big data. For more information, visit www.ignitionpartners.com.