Scott Stanford has been focused on the internet/technology sector for over 25 years as an advisor, operator, and investor. Prior to founding ACME in 2018, he was a co-founder of Sherpa Capital.
Scott co-headed Goldman Sachs’s Global Internet Investment Banking business in San Francisco for 12 years where he advised clients on $80 billion of equity and debt financings and strategic transactions and was deeply involved in investments in technology-enabled companies such as Facebook, Uber, DST/Mail.ru, Demand Media, LinkedIn, Palantir, iCrossing, and Square. His client coverage responsibility included Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Groupon, Zillow, Airbnb, Uber, and many other established and emerging technology-enabled companies.
Prior to rejoining Goldman in 2004, Scott was an early employee of LookSmart, helping build the company from a start-up in 1999 to a publicly traded NASDAQ company. From 1996 to 1998, while earning his MBA, Scott coded prototype applications for two startup ideas, one focusing on community service and the other focusing on automating and prototyping core financial analyses. He spent a summer during business school as an Associate at General Atlantic Partners focused on technology venture capital. Prior to business school, Scott was a Financial Analyst with Goldman Sachs’s Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Investment Banking Group. He began his Goldman career in the Fixed Income Group from 1993 to 1995 in New York. During this time, he developed software applications as well as structured and marketed Interest Rate Swaps and Options for the firm’s municipal clients.
Scott grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. As an early adopter of technology, he taught himself to code at age 13, built and ran a dial-up BBS, taught computer courses, started a personal computer consulting business, and developed a robotics exhibit for the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Scott also earned his Pilot’s License at the age of 17. Scott received his A.B. with Honors from Harvard College (Social Studies) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Craig McCaw is Chairman & CEO of Eagle River Inc., focused on strategic investments in the communications industry. Mr. McCaw is a telecommunications entrepreneur, who has started and built many companies over the past 30 years in the cable, cellular telephone and wireless broadband industries. Mr. McCaw acted as Chairman and CEO of McCaw Cellular Communications, which he built into the nation's leading provider of cellular services. The company was sold to AT&T Corp. in 1996. Following the sale of McCaw Cellular, Mr. McCaw restructured Nextel Communications and later founded Nextel International. He also co-founded Nextel Partners. In 2003, Mr. McCaw co-founded and served as Chairman of Clearwire Corporation, a wireless broadband company.
Mr. McCaw is President of the Craig & Susan McCaw Foundation which supports a variety of educational, environmental, and international economic development projects. Mr. McCaw served as Chairman and principal funder of the Free Willy Keiko Foundation and founded the Grameen Technology Center.
Michael Lehman has served as one of our directors since June, 2021. Mr. Lehman has also served the University of Wisconsin in various capacities since March 2016, currently as Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Wisconsin School of Business, and previously as Special Advisor to the Chancellor, Interim Vice Provost for Information Technology, Chief Information Officer and Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. He is also currently on the Board of MGIC Investment Corp. and has served in that role since 2001. He had previously been a consultant (2014-2016); Interim Chief Financial Officer at Ciber Inc., a global information technology company (2013-2014); Chief Financial Officer of Arista Networks, a cloud networking firm (2012-2013); and Chief Financial Officer of Palo Alto Networks, a network security firm (2010-2012). Earlier in his career, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sun Microsystems, Inc., a provider of computer systems and professional support services. Mr. Lehman is qualified to serve as one of our directors due to his financial and accounting knowledge gained through his service as chief financial officer of a large, multinational public company; his skills in addressing the range of financial issues facing a large company with complex operations; his senior executive and operational experience; as well as his technology and cybersecurity experience.