At most technology events I’ve attended in Austin during the last two years, I would see this tall handsome guy.
His name was Scott Robinson.
He was always impeccably dressed and extremely nice. Robinson, in addition to his job as vice president at USDM.net, served as the Austin Chair for The Startup America Partnership. He tirelessly championed the Austin technology startup scene. He was a huge supporter of RISE Week, the week focused on free entrepreneurial sessions put on by Claire England. He wrote this post on RISE for Startup America.
It came as a shock Tuesday to find out Scott Robinson suddenly died over the weekend. Few details are known at this time.
The visitation is Thursday evening from six until eight at Beck’s Funeral Home in Cedar Park and the funeral service will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran on Anderson Lane.
A few weeks ago, I met Scott in his office and we talked at length about Austin’s startup technology scene. We were planning on collaborating on an event together. He had great ideas and vision. We were going to meet again on Friday, but when that didn’t work out, we were going to meet this week. It seems like everyone just saw Scott somewhere.
Scott also organized Steve Case’s visit to Capital Factory recently. And he organized an event with technology leaders at National Instruments to meet with Senator Ted Cruz. He always made sure to put me on the guest list.
Scott also served as a mentor and producer of TedXYouth@Austin, the first local Tedx event geared to kids, held last March in Austin. He told me he got involved because of his own kids. He had twins, Joshua and Sophie.
Scott will be missed immensely. He was a huge asset to Austin’s technology community. He was also a wonderful guy. And I am so saddened by the news of his death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Scott’s obituary is listed on Legacy.com. His family asks that “in lieu of flowers the James Scott Robinson Memorial Fund located at Wells Fargo bank will be available for donations to benefit Joshua & Sophie Robinson.”
Still stunned to hear that @jsratx has passed away. He was a bullish champion of all things Austin and design.
— Michael McDaniel (@mcdanyel) September 4, 2013
We are extremely sad to learn of the passing of @jsratx. He was one of our biggest fans and local advocates in Austin. RIP friend.
— The Wire (@wireaustin) September 4, 2013
Scott Robinson, @jsratx, may you rest in peace. Lucky to have met you as soon I moved to atx. You will be missed by many.
— Brett Berman (@Brett_UMT) September 4, 2013
So sorry to hear of the passing of Scott Robinson, @jsratx. He was a good man, and a great advocate for Austin business. He will be missed.
— Dean Cruse (@deancruse) September 4, 2013
— ∞ Nicole Forbes ∞ (@livehappy8) September 4, 2013
The world lost a great one. RIP @jsratx We'll see you on the other side.
— Joey McGirr™ (@joeymcgirr) September 3, 2013
And one of Scott Robinson’s last tweets.
— Scott Robinson (@jsratx) August 29, 2013