Friday, April 12, 2013

Scott Painter knows how to change the world.

You may not immediately recognize the name Scott Painter. But you probably recognize some of his work.  He's not an artist, not in the traditional way, but he does have an impressive oeuvre.

Scott Painter is the man behind "1-800-Dentist." And Pricelock.com.  And Advertise.com.  And CarsDirect.com.  And probably a bunch more businesses that you've interacted with or which have changed the way things work for everyone.  Scott Painter has, to date, raised $1,200,000,000 -- that's billion -- in venture capital for his businesses, and you don't raise that kind of money without understanding the meta roots of business and the way venture capital works.

What Scott Painter does that I think is so phenomenal is that he upends markets, entirely.  Take "CarsDirect.com," and his later venture, TrueCar:  both of those were designed to take something that is horribly done, but commonplace, in this case car buying, and turn it into a system that works.  And both of them took on entrenched forces ranging from dealers to state legislatures to longstanding consumer habits, and changed them partially or wholly.

If you're interested in succeeding, on any level, learning more about Scott Painter is a must, because thinking like he does is tough to learn, but once you get the idea of how to truly revolutionize something by undoing it and putting it back together in a better form, you'll be on the path to success.

3 comments:

PT Dilloway, Grumpy Bulldog said...

I haven't used any of those sites.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I'll stick to learning more about Briane Pagel. He's endlessly fascinating, a genius, an author, a lawyer, and the most handsome Briane I've ever known.

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