Scott Forstall

Original iPhone Software Team Leader

Scott Forstall worked at NeXT and then Apple to build a host of revolutionary new products. Collaborating alongside Steve Jobs, Scott led the creation of the software for products such as the iPhone and iPad. As Senior Vice President, he oversaw the inception, user interface, development, first public release, and subsequent updates of each product along with the related engineering teams. Scott spearheaded enabling the creation of apps and the App Store. He is an inventor named in more than one hundred patents related to the iPhone and iPad.

Scott was also one of the original architects of Mac OS X, the operating system of all Macs, and its Aqua user interface. He directed several releases of the operating system. In addition, he led the software team for the iPod touch, Apple's Safari web browser, and video conferencing, among other apps and frameworks.

In 2015 Scott won a Tony award for producing the Broadway musical Fun Home. The show garnered twelve Tony nominations, winning five including Best Musical. More recently he produced the Broadway play Eclipsed, which received six Tony nominations including Best Play, starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and written by The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira,.

He participates in various philanthropic causes, most notably related to education. Scott serves on the Board of Trustees of Castilleja School and of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. He has created scholarships at Stanford and other universities with special attention given to women in engineering. He has also helped students in Botswana and Kenya.

Scott received both a Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University. In both degrees he concentrated on Artificial Intelligence.

He has a passion for travel, photography, scuba diving, sports, theater, and especially family.


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