FD VIII: Scott Savitz of Shoebuy, May 9th, 2012

A special thank you to Scott Savitz for sharing his experience as Shoebuy‘s founder and CEO with the Boston community.  Scott shared his transition from working in the mortgage and bond industries to noticing a huge gap in the online shoe purchasing industry.  Scott set out to create the one-stop-shop for online shoe retail within an extremely fragmented 1999 retail shoe market.  Ultimately, after 6 years of continued growth and success, Scott decided to sell the business in 2006 to IAC.  Founder Dialogues was able to dig deeper into Scott’s thought processes as he built the company and through acquistion.

Thanks to returning and new participants.  The Founder Dialogues event series is dedicated to celebrating entrepreneurial success within the Boston startup community.  Please stay tuned for the announcement of our next speaker soon.  Our vision is to showcase local successes and inspire the Boston community to build the next generation of great startup success stories.

We hope you enjoy the video and photographs capturing FD VIII.  Feel free to tweet any thoughts or comments using #fdialogues.

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A special thanks to Greg Joyce of Willoughby Films for his video talents.  We would also like to thank VisibleGains and VentureFizz for their continued support.  Ian Holmes kindly joined Nathalie Bishop in photographing and organization for the event.  Also, a big thank you to Microsoft for providing the space for Founder Dialogues.

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Save the Date: Founder Dialogues VIII – Scott Savitz Founder of Shoebuy, May 9th, 2012

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We’re excited to announce that Scott Savitz, founder and former CEO of shoebuy.com, has graciously accepted our invitation to share his intriguing story at Founder Dialogues VIII on May 9th, 2012 at the Microsoft New England R&D Center from 6pm – 8pm. 

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Scott Savitz is the founder and former CEO of Shoebuy.  Scott is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially where it aims to raise the bar on the consumer experience. Scott founded Shoebuy in 1999, and served as its CEO for twelve years through its sale to IAC. Under his guidance, Shoebuy became one of the largest online retailers in the country, with over 1 million products and $3.5 billion in inventory available for sale, serving over 8 million visitors a month. Scott owns and is Chairman of Smart Lunches. He also serves on the boards of Bluestem Brands, SimpleTuition, Two Ten, and MITX, and serves as an Advisor for Olejo Stores and On The Spot Systems, Inc. He also serves on several committees focused on fostering growth and a more robust New England economy including the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and 12 X 12. Scott received a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and currently resides in Boston, MA. He is a frequent industry speaker and has received numerous awards and accolades including Ernst & Young’s New England Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

About Shoebuy: 

Shoebuy is the largest retailer on the Internet focused on all categories of footwear and related apparel and accessories. Shoebuy has partnerships with over 1,200 manufacturers and represents over 1,000,000 products from top brands including Aerosoles, Allen-Edmonds, Bass, Bostonian, Brooks, Bruno Magli, Clarks, Crocs, Dr. Martens, Easy Spirit, ECCO, Florsheim, Franco Sarto, Hush Puppies, Johnston & Murphy, Keds, K-Swiss, Mephisto, Merrell, Naturalizer, New Balance, Patagonia, PUMA, Reebok, Rockport, Samsonite, Saucony, Sebago, Skechers, Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite, Stuart Weitzman, Timberland, and many more. Shoebuy is rated one of the top eTailers in the country for outstanding service by BizRate and in the top 10 in online retail satisfaction for apparel/accessories by Foresee Results.

In 2006, Shoebuy was acquired by IAC, which owns other leading properties including Ask.com, Match.com, and Citysearch. Shoebuy has enjoyed stellar growth, increasing revenues on average 50% a year since launching the Shoebuy site in January, 2000 and tripling revenues since being acquired by IAC. Shoebuy is ranked by Hitwise as one of the top 10 most visited apparel and accessory shopping and classified sites with over 8 million unique visitors a month.
 

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