The Download is a new series of short interviews with leading tech and startup executives in the Triangle who will provide personal and business insights by answering the same six questions in each edition. Below is the edited conversation.
Subject: Scot Wingo, CEO of Get Spiffy
Scot Wingo is a serial entrepreneur who has launched four startups and exited three. Currently he is the CEO of Get Spiffy, Inc. (“Spiffy”) an on-demand, mobile car care services company including car washing, detailing and oil change services for both individuals and fleet customers, i.e. business clients that own a fleet of cars. Spiffy operates in the Triangle, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Wingo also serves as the Executive Chairman at ChannelAdvisor, where he was the founder, first CEO and took the company public in an IPO.
1. What is in your pockets?
iPhone, Android Nexus, AirPods & wallet. Note I do NOT have car keys in my pockets. I drive a Tesla and my phone is my key.
2. What exciting thing has happened recently for you or your organization?
Spiffy launched oil changes last year and this year we have added a ton of fleet customers, which has driven a lot of growth for us.
3. What is your favorite coffee spot?
That is tricky but I will go with Liquid State by NC State, which is my favorite place. But I spend more time at the Starbucks on Slater Road in Durham, which is convenient to work.
4. What keeps you up at night?
All the coffee I drink. Also the Vehicle 2.0 model we are talking about around the connected car and new ownership models and stuff like that. [Note: Here’s an article that Scot recently wrote for Forbes discussing the Vehicle 2.0 model.]
5. What is your favorite restaurant or happy hour?
Garland in downtown Raleigh is my favorite restaurant right now. I am crazy for the cauliflower dish they have that is amazing, and I usually don’t like cauliflower.
6. What is next for you or your organization?
We are testing opening new markets with just fleets. Stay tuned for some interesting announcements there.