Scott Pollack has 12 years of experience in business development and startups. Scott currently works on business development and partnerships for American Express. Prior to American Express, Scott was responsible for a $30MM sales distribution partnership pipeline at Dow Chemical. On the startup side, Scott was the founder & CEO of Hot Pot Culinary Events (http://www.hotpotevents.com) , a social cooking experiences company based in NYC. Scott began his startup life as a Java developer, and rose from intern to CIO of UVentures (acquired by Innovaro) as a 19 year old college freshman. Scott writes about business development at http://www.startofthedeal.com and is also a Contributing Writer to Forbes (http://blogs.forbes.com/scottpollack/).