At his core, Scott Painter is a "car guy" with a passion for technology and a serial entrepreneur who likes to tackle big, game-changing ideas that solve big problems or make an experience better. Painter has been on a 20-year mission to make car buying easier and fundamentally believes that buying a car should be simple, fair and fun. He oversees TrueCar's strategic direction, product vision, the company's unique culture, executive bench and relationships with key stakeholders, including consumers, dealers, dealer associations, regulators, automakers, affinity partners, data partners, employees, media and investors.
Painter has incorporated 37 companies and started more than a dozen auto-related businesses, including serving as the founder and CEO of CarsDirect.com and Build-To-Order. Painter has also served as an IdeaLab CEO and an eCompanies CEO. His other ventures include Advertise.com, SharesPost, PriceLock, US Digital Gaming and Brighthouse. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on automotive retailing, transparency, big data and entrepreneurism. Painter studied political science and systems engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point and economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He left UC Berkeley prior to graduation to sell his first auto-related start-up, AUTOAccess, an electronic database of used cars for sale.