F. Scott Moody

04/22/2016 4:48PM EST

Scott Moody served as an active Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Blackstone Entrepreneur Network from February 2013 until October 2015. He is presently co-founder and Chairman/CEO of K4Connect, providing a differentiated software platform that integrates disparate smart devices & systems into a responsive system for senior adults and those living with disabilities. Scott has raised over $2M in venture capital for this startup, including such investors as Better Ventures, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Sierra Ventures and Stonehenge Growth Equity.

Prior to serving as a Blackstone EIR, Scott was co-founder and former Chairman/CEO of AuthenTec, a leading provider of security and identity management solutions, acquired by Apple in October, 2012. The AuthenTec fingerprint sensor is now the foundation of the iPhone’s and iPad’s Touch ID. Authentec raised over $70 million in venture capital (including such investors as Sierra Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Texas Instruments, Stonehenge Growth Capital, China Development Industrial Bank and others). Scott led the company‚Äôs successful IPO in 2007 (NASDAQ) and recruited an excellent management team. He helped grow the company from the two co-founders to over 300 employees with development centers in Melbourne, Fl., Shanghai, China and Vught, The Netherlands.

Prior to founding AuthenTec, Scott was the Vice President of a $200 million division of Harris’ Semiconductor Sector (now Intersil) where he started as a newly graduated engineer in 1980. He led successful turnarounds of several diverse operations including the commodity logic business (sold to TI), the acquisition GE Microelectronics and turnaround of the Group’s Mil/Aero business.

Scott is the founder of First Talent Ventures which focuses on advising, mentoring and investing in early stage startups in the Southeast, while concurrently acting as an operating partner to venture capital firms sourcing opportunities in the region. First Talent Ventures also provides mentoring and investment support to entrepreneurs in Africa, with a particular focus on Rwanda where Scott has traveled previously as part of Christian mission trips.

Scott has been featured on TV and in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC Squawk Box, Entrepreneur, New York Times, Fortune and others. He is a frequent speaker at investor, corporate and university events on both innovation and entrepreneurship, and is often a judge at various startup programs in the US and Rwanda.

Scott received a BS in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1980 and an executive MBA from the University of Florida in 1987. He has served as an advisor to the Director, NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center at NC State University since November 2013.

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