Scott Cook

About Scott Cook

Birth Year: 1952
Birth Place: Woodside, California, United States
Residence: Woodside, California
Occupation: Chairman of Intuit, director of eBay and Procter & Gamble
Known for: Co-founder of Intuit
Spouse(s): Signe Ostby

Scott Cook

Scott Cook was born on 1952 in Woodside, California, United States. Scott Cook cofounded financial software giant Intuit, known for its products like QuickBooks, TurboTax and web-based personal finance tool Mint. After getting an MBA from Harvard, Cook worked for Procter & Gamble and Bain & Company before launching Intuit in 1983. He owns 5% of the Mountain View, Calif- based company, which had $4.7 billion in revenue in 2016. He also owns shares in Facebook. Cook served on Ebay's board of directors between 1998 and 2015 when PayPal spun off from eBay. He declined a seat on PayPal's board. In June 2016, Cook and his wife signed the Giving Pledge, vowing to give away the majority of their wealth to "driving social progress in the world."
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Famous Quotes:

Dig for feedback on yourself. I did not do this. When I started work I waited for my boss to give me feedback -- which is the moral equivalent of taking the steering wheel for your life and handing it to someone else.



Cook started his career at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he learned about product development, market research, and marketing. He then took a job in strategic consulting at Bain & Company in Menlo Park, California. Cook soon began using the insights he was learning there to look for an idea for a company of his own. That idea came to him one day when his wife was complaining about paying the bills. With personal computers just coming out at the time, Scott thought there might be a market for basic software that would help people pay their bills. He launched Intuit in 1983, which today offers software and online products to help individuals and small companies manage their finances.


He was Intuit's chairman from February 1993 to July 1998. From April 1983 to April 1994, he served as President and CEO of Intuit.


In 2002, Cook and his wife, Signe Ostby, established the Center for Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business, the nation's first university-based center focused exclusively on training MBAs in brand and product management. Cook and Ostby both started their careers in brand management.


In 2005, Cook was #320 on the Forbes 400, with a net worth of $1.1 billion. Since the 1990s, he has "more than doubled his donations to Republicans and Democrats, giving the maximum [in 2007] to mainstream politicians such as Mitt Romney and Harry Reid."

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