Scott Smith is an author, entrepreneur and founder of the Foundation for a Better Economy. Through the Colorado-based foundation, Scott supports new solutions for revamping the nation’s tax and banking system. He is the author of The New Operating System for the American Economy.
Through his family office in Boulder, Scott has seeded and nurtured several technology companies. His family office focuses on direct investments in disruptive technologies in cloud computing, fintech and the Internet of Things.
Scott was an early pioneer in structured finance, launching the first mixed-property commercial mortgage conduit and securing a billion-dollar line of credit from Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ). Scott also helped structure financing for President Nelson Mandela’s Redevelopment Program for affordable housing.
He is founder and former publisher of Kidz Magazine, which invited young readers to submit content. The publication grew from a local magazine to an international media channel, with a circulation that spanned 30 nations. Scott also is the co-founder of two Colorado charter schools, Summit Middle School and Peak-to-Peak Charter School, the latter of which is ranked among the nation’s top schools by Time Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
Scott lives in Boulder with his wife, Sheri. He has six children and enjoys painting galaxies in his spare time.
Mr. Jennings founded Bourbon.fm to provide brands and destinations with bespoke branded entertainment. He joined XING as their fourth employee and CFO, where he was responsible for bringing the company from €100K to €40m in revenue. Mr. Jennings took XING public in 2006.
Mr. Jennings is known for thinking big and recognizing opportunities before others. He has incredible energy and enthusiasm in all that he pursues. He works relentlessly with entrepreneurs, helping to co-found companies like @sbootcamp & @Health_XL in Dublin, and inspiring confidence and determination by taking personal risks to help entrepreneurs succeed.
Tony is a Philanthropist and Change Management Agent who is focused on organizational strategy, and program delivery like a business bloodhound with a first-responder mentality. The efforts of his teams have discretely solidified market leadership positions for various companies (public & private) in a plethora of industries including; real estate, solar, higher education, healthcare, legal and home services. From Fortune 500 to privately-held and family organizations, Tony leads teams to develop actionable solutions to market evolution barriers and he challenges the way communities, businesses and government collaborate, resource and/or operate in-order-to create a better functioning economy.
Emma works as an analyst for the foundation, researching policy and economics. She also develops content and launched various social media accounts for the foundation. She holds a BA in Economics from Colorado State University and will pursue her masters in Business Analytics from IE in Fall 2019.