Scott Armanini has led enterprise sales and sales management, business development, solution engineering, innovation and New Product Introduction programs for leading brands including Accenture Ventures, Cisco Systems, HP Software and Microsoft. With a personal network of 30,000 global executives, his industry experience includes aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, communications, education, energy, financial services, government, health care, high technology, insurance, life sciences, media and entertainment, mining, pharmaceuticals, retail, travel, transportation and utilities.
Armanini advises the founders of game-changing startups including Bloomlife, unlocking the mystery of what takes place during pregnancy; IPwe, the first global marketplace for Patents and Patent Mortgaging; and Unum, which provides shared identity management and fraud protection. Most recently, he served as both managing partner for Alumni Ventures Group (AVG), one of the world’s most active venture capital firms, and as VP / Senior Advisor of Portfolio Company Growth for Samsung NEXT Ventures.
He is also a member of the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF) — a leading organization facilitating US / China venture capital and disruptive innovation — he has spoken in the U.S. and China on topics including business model innovation, creating a culture of innovation, disruptive innovation, investing during times of crisis, startup-corporate innovation, venture investment trends and cross-border (US-China) ventures in a era of CFIUS and FIRRMA.
An alumnus of USC Marshall School of Business, UCLA and UCSD, Armanini is also a member of Peter Diamandis’ Abundance 360 Community (SingularityU), a mentor to the IBM + Columbia University Blockchain Accelerator and an advisor to the Director of the Silicon Valley Big Data & Cybersecurity Center at SJSU.