40 Under 40: Scott Schwab

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Company: Bottega
Title: Co-founder
Age: 38
City: Lehi

CAREER ANTHEM “Keep On Dreaming Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band

LINER NOTES Scott Schwab is a dreamer and a doer. He learned work ethic as a young Idaho lad moving pipe and doing farm work. He then left the land and did door-to-door sales for seven years. “I learned how to fail quickly and to pivot even quicker,” he says. In 2010, he started Bottega, a coding school that is the first one with a “bootcamp” model to offer college credit for its courses. Bottega has had graduates hired at top companies like Bluehost, O.C. Tanner, Blendtec, 1-800 Contacts, the University of Utah, SkyWest Airlines and more.

FAVORITE MUSIC GENRE Country

FAVORITE LYRIC “Some dreams keep on gettin’ better. Gotta keep believin’ if you wanna know for sure.” — “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band

CAREER HIGH NOTE “Right now. Being a leader in our specific industry and having the opportunity to rethink education forever.”

CAREER LOW NOTE “2013. My wife and I suddenly became foster parents of two teenage boys for a family member. My sister passed away without warning, and work was a constant disappointment. We almost lost our accreditation and nearly became insolvent.”

MUSIC TO MY EARS “Stop complaining and just get to work.”

PITCHY ADVICE “It’s not personal, it’s business.”

BEATING TO MY OWN DRUM “I work until the job is done, I learn from failure and I surround myself with intelligent people.”

MY FORTE “Relationships.”

DREAM RECORD “Worldwide impact.”

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