Scott Walchek, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership



Scott Walchek

Scott Walchek

Scott Walchek is a renowned Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur who has spent more than 25 years building companies that deliver world-class innovation in software, emerging media and commercial online marketplaces.

After leading Sun Microsystems’ product and marketing team for its Tops division, he joined Macromedia as its product and marketing lead. Over the next five years, he delivered some of the creative industry’s most innovative software and ushered in the age of desktop multimedia communications.

Following Macromedia’s IPO in 1993, he became CEO of publicly traded interactive media developer and publisher Sanctuary Woods, an affiliate label of Electronic Arts. In 1996, he pioneered the leading technology company for the proliferation of consumer online shopping. In 1998, he sold it to Inktomi (leading search provider before Google), where he served as its head of e-commerce. Following his tenure there, he founded Integrity Partners, a boutique VC fund investing in numerous technology companies and served on its portfolio companies’ boards of directors. In the early 2000s, Walchek expanded his experience to include film and music publishing, med-tech nanotechnology, oil and gas exploration and commercial real estate. Around that time, he co-led the seed investment in China’s dominant search engine, Baidu, where he served as a director until its historic IPO in August 2005. In 2006, he formed the W Charitable Foundation with his wife and four children. In 2008, Walchek founded electronic consumer debt trading platform DebtMarket, which he sold to Intercontinental Exchange in 2011.

He founded Trōv in 2012 and serves as its CEO and chairman of the board. Walchek performed his undergraduate studies at University of California San Diego.M/p>

Recent Articles by Scott Walchek

$1.2 Trillion Disruption in Personal Insurance

Most of us don't think much about insurance. That's by design, of course. Insurance is supposed to be a safety net that affords us the leisure of not thinking about it. Unless of course, we have to. That generally happens about once a year when we're reacquainted with our premium. Ouch. According to statisticians, most of us will also have to […]

The Last Analog Generation (and Other Stories of the Dead and Dying)

The Last Analog Generation—let’s call them LAGgards—are departing, and in their wake a fascinating new world is emerging. I’ve been surprised lately, when meeting with the nation’s leading financial service providers and discussing the tsunami of intergenerational wealth transfer that is upon us. The generation that is now entering (or will soon enter) the work […]

A Technology Breakthrough for Valuing Tangible Assets

What are your clients’ tangible assets worth? If you are like most advisors, you don’t have a clear answer. Without that clarity, you are leaving yourself and your clients at risk. Tangible assets – valuables ranging from fine art and wine to classic cars and jewelry – make up an ever-increasing portion of household wealth. […]

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