About Underdog Solutions

Scott Schuster

Howdy! So, I see you stumbled onto the oh so elusive "about" page! This is where I get to reveal my soul to the world... or something like that. Lets get started, shall we?

It all started Feburary 3rd, 1984! It was on this day that the world was introdu... on second thought, I'm gonna play the A.D.D. card and skip over the mundane life details to get to the meat of why this page even exists! What say you? What was that? Sorry, I can't hear you.

Oh well, without further ado, I stand virtually before you as the Proudest Member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of '06! Whoop! Gig 'Em Ags! Technically I graduated in '07, but my ring says '06 and thus so do I! Prior to said graduation I had the honor of marrying my amazing wife Anne, also the Proudest Member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of '06 (next to me of course!). After graduation my wife and I moved to Iowa... not Idaho or Utah... Iowa! It would be here that I would take on my first two corporate jobs. The first of the two ended abruptly due to poor management and canceled projects. At any rate, this whole ordeal was truly a blessing in disguise considering the only coding experience I was getting was with ADA, which only seems to still exist in the defense industry.

It didn't take long until I had my second job working for a great company called Intermec. They make ruggedized devices geared towards inventory management and are currently a leader in that market segment. My experience with Intermec was a very positive one. Everyone was extremely pleasant and I was getting great experience with Java, C++, C#, not to mention various popular IDEs and platforms. However, it was at this time that I realized there was something missing for me. While I enjoyed what I was doing, I wasn't building something that I had any ownership of or received any credit for. Once my hours went into a project, that was it. I got my paycheck but would never see any future benefits from working on whatever it was, which to me was time well wasted. This feeling became overwhelming and in time I became increasingly stressed out and depressed over it. My frustration eventually carried over into my marriage at which point my wife and I decided it was worth the risk for me to start my own business! Shortly afterwards Underdog Solutions was born.

I've had a love affair with technology since I got my first computer in the third grade. What started off as a fascination with how computers work and what can be done with them evolved over time into an understanding of how to manipulate them to do what you want them to do. More than once I've spent more money than I can afford to get my hands on the latest technologies on the market, learning the hard way why they call the "bleeding edge" as such. The iPhone was no exception. In actuality, my wife was the first one to get an iPhone, because as she put it, "I have all the cool toys". In my mind that was a fair compromise considering the first iPhone was like $400, which was unheard of at the time, but once we got it, we were both hooked. Once the App Store came into existance and I realized the ease of entrance into the marketplace, my fate was written into stone.

It has been a little over a year now and thus far has been nothing short of a huge learning experience. I've had to overcome a lot of setbacks and learn a lot of lessons the hard way to get to where I am today, but I feel that in doing so I have been able to mature significantly in my resilience to such challenges and have high hopes for the future of Underdog Solutions. Regretablly my wife has had to work extra hard to keep this dream afloat, and for that sacrifice I'm extremely grateful. The truth is, for every ounce of excitement and optimism I have in me there is at least an equal amount of fear and guilt. If it weren't for family, friends and my faith, I don't think I would have made it this far. However, I can finally see the light on the horizon. Hopefully it's as bright as I hope it is and this Underdog can rise to the top :)

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