Pluralsight LIVE 2018 mainstage: Scott Dorsey, Managing Partner at High Alpha | Summary and Q&A

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September 26, 2018
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Pluralsight LIVE 2018 mainstage: Scott Dorsey, Managing Partner at High Alpha

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Scott Dorsey, board member of Pluralsight and managing partner of High Alpha, discusses his experiences in sports event management, scaling a SaaS business, and his passion for computer science education.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How did Scott Dorsey use the Super Bowl event to create a transformative experience for the city of Indianapolis?

Scott Dorsey and his team focused on training and up-leveling the skills of hospitality workers to create a seamless and holistic customer service experience for visitors during the Super Bowl. This involved launching a training platform and requiring workers in various industries to go through training and get certified in customer service.

Q: What did Scott Dorsey learn from working with Mark Benninghoff at Salesforce?

Scott Dorsey learned that forward-thinking and having a learning mindset are essential for success. Mark Benninghoff consistently kept his teams focused on continuously improving and thinking about the future, even while preparing for current events like Dreamforce. Scott was impressed by Mark's pursuit of knowledge and his ability to bring a beginner's mind to any situation.

Q: How did Scott Dorsey create an orange culture at ExactTarget?

Scott Dorsey made the color orange a central part of ExactTarget's brand identity. The company embraced the uniqueness, energy, and vibrancy of orange and turned it into a cultural symbol. Being ExactTarget meant "being orange," and the culture extended to include customers and partners, who felt like a part of the orange culture.

Q: Why is Scott Dorsey passionate about computer science education in Indiana?

Scott Dorsey believes that computer science education is vital for future generations and for the economic growth of communities. He recognized the need to inspire schools to teach computer science, especially in underserved areas like inner cities and rural regions. Scott's goal through Nextech and partnerships with Code.org is to train teachers, provide resources, and make computer science education accessible to all K-12 schools in Indiana by 2021.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Scott Dorsey shares his work with Indiana Sports Corp to bring big-time sporting events to Indiana and drive the economy forward.

  • He discusses his experience scaling ExactTarget to a $2.5 billion value, working closely with Mark Benninghoff, and the importance of a culture of learning.

  • Scott also talks about his passion for computer science education and the work he does with Nextech and Code.org to bring computer science to K-12 schools in Indiana.

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