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Scott David Cook
1952 (age 69–70)
|Known for||Co-founder of Intuit|
|Title||Chair of the executive committee, Intuit|
|Board member of||eBay|
Procter & Gamble
Cook holds a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he serves on the dean's advisory board.
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 Quicken and named his company Intuit in 1983, which today offers software and online products to help individuals and small companies manage their finances.
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 No. 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."
Cook is married to Signe Ostby. Ostby worked for Procter & Gamble and Clorox before she launched Software Publishing Corporation, making productivity software for personal computers. They have three children and live in Woodside, California. Their son Karl is a professional equestrian and designer manufacturer of horse tack who was married to actress Kaley Cuoco.
Scott and Signe founded and are trustees of their $348 million family foundation, Valhalla, which funds early childhood development, K12 education, medical research and talent, environmental innovation, data literacy, and collaborative philanthropy.
The Cook family owns and manages a ranch that both raises livestock for local restaurant trade, and breeds, raises, sells, and trains show jumping horses from stallions and mares chosen from European bloodlines.
- College, Babson. "cook-scott". www.babson.edu. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
- "Forbes profile: Scott Cook". Forbes. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
- "The Intuit Story". Intuit Inc. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
- "The Center for Brand and Product Management at the Wisconsin School of Business - About". University of Wisconsin–Madison. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
The Center was established in 2002 by Scott Cook—co-founder of Intuit, Inc. the maker of Quicken, QuickBooks, and TurboTax—and his wife Signe Ostby, former vice president of marketing for Software Publishing Corporation. Both of these leaders began their careers as brand managers, and both continue to play a hands-on role in the Center to this day.
- Eisenberg, Lee. Shoptimism: Why the American Consumer Will Keep on Buying No Matter What. New York: Free Press - Simon and Schuster. p. 94. ISBN 9780743296250.
- Harkinson, Josh. The Apostles of Ron Paul, Mother Jones (January/February 2008)
- "Signe Ostby CBPM Founder". Wisc.edu. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
- "Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List: Karl Cook". USEF. US Equestrian. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- "Karl Cooks 6-part Masterclass on creating a Functional Position". Equestrian Masterclass. Noelle Floyd. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- Peters, Stephanie. "Karl Cook is Walking and Talking His Way Through the Day-to-Day Challenges of a Champion Show Jumper". EQLiving. Equestrian Living. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- "Bllu Designed by Karl Cook". Pacific Saddlery. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- Mehta, Maitri. "Kaley Cuoco Is Engaged & Her Fiancé Proposed in the Most Dramatic Way". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- "Our People". Valhalla Foundation. Valhalla Foundation. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- "Valhalla Foundation 990 Form" (PDF). Valhalla.org. Valhalla Foundation. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- "Valhalla Foundation". EC Funders. Early Childhood Funders Collaborative. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- "Pomponio Ranch: Pasture-Raised Using Holistic Grazing Practices". Rebyl Food. Rebyl Food. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- "Raised Better Tastes Better". Pomponio Ranch. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- "Breed to Succeed - Champions Breed Champions". Pomponio Ranch. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- Inc. profile for article on 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs
- The Contribution Revolution is the wiki companion site to Cook's recent Harvard Business Review article of the same name