Scott Motte

I am the son of a farmer and a secretary. I grew up in a small town, on Southern California farmland. It was quintessential 'Small Town America' meets rapid demographic change.

My childhood was disciplined - academics, biblical studies, and piano lessons. And it was American - baseball, swimming pools, and classic cars.

After high school, I moved to Los Angeles to study International Business. I discovered computer programming freshman year, but I stuck with my business degree. I spent nights building websites. After graduation, I merged my two skills and sold websites to businesses.

In my 20s, I worked for multiple startups. I did product, engineering, sales, customer support, and even developer evangelism. From this I gained knowledge on how to build a software business.

Today, I work in corporate fintech. I architect complex financial data processing systems for a team of data scientists and analysts. In my evenings, I am building a fintech business.

Recent books I have read

  • To Sell Is Human By Daniel H. Pink
  • Lying By Sam Harris
  • Rework By the Founders of 37signals
  • Einstein's Dreams By Alan Lightman
  • The Design of Everyday Things By the Donald A. Norman
  • How to Talk to Anyone By Leil Lowndes
  • Traction By Grabiel Weinberg and Justin Mares
  • The Purpose Driven Life By Rick Warren
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century By Yuval Noah Harari
  • Trump: The Art of the Deal By Tony Schwartz, Donald J. Trump
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things By Ben Horowitz
  • The Lessons of History By Will & Ariel Durant
  • The Bitcoin Standard By Saifedean Ammous
  • The Power of Positive Thinking By Norman Vincent Peale
  • Principles: Life and Work By Ray Dalio
  • How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success By Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • Mastery By Robert Green
  • Skin in the Game By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Sapiens By Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Sovereign Individual By James Dale Davidson
  • How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling By Frank Bettger
  • The New Case for Gold By James Rickards
  • The Road to Ruin By James Rickards
  • Win Bigly By Scott Adams
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People By Dale Carnegie
  • Pre-Suasion By Robert Cialdini
  • End This Depression Now! By Paul Krugman
  • Return of the Primitive By Ayn Rand
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century By Thomas Piketty
  • The Great Gold Bust Ahead By Harry S. Dent Jr.
  • Currency Wars By James Rickards
  • Collusion By Nomi Prins
  • 48 Laws of Power By Robert Green

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Personal milestones

  • Launched Alloyx - convert your spare change to real gold link
  • Created dotenv - one of NodeJS' most popular open source libraries link
  • Founder of - Riverside's first coworking space link
  • Invented passwordless authentication - Medium and Auth0 later adopted the method link
  • First place at UCI Startup Weekend link
  • Licensed Private Pilot
  • Licensed Investment Advisor

Things in life that I enjoy

  • Playing the piano
  • Surfing
  • Snowboarding
  • Listening to Audible books
  • Espresso
  • Old Fashioneds
  • Piloting airplanes
  • Playing baseball

Personal purpose

Better habits, better man. I try to write software that inspires men to better habits, so they can be successful and attractive to women.

This has been a pursuit for me. My life improved as I improved my habits. Also, I see my generation of men struggling with this.

This is an antithesis to today's software which has men chasing petty addictions.