Apple Inc.’s October 2012 acquisition of Melbourne-based AuthenTec left the latter’s founder, Scott Moody, finally well off it’s safe to say.
After the Apple deal concluded, the former Harris Corp. engineer relocated from the Space Coast to his beloved North Carolina — where he had attended North Carolina State University and met his wife of 37 years — and planned a life of quiet retirement.
His plan was to toss some venture capital money here, do some consulting work there. He’d probably make a few pep talks and question-and-answer sessions with budding entrepreneurs in North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle.
But something happened with Moody’s plan. People inspired him, the gears in his head started spinning and he began asking himself, “What if?” Not long after, he was doing the last thing he ever expected, heading up a new tech startup, meeting with potential customers, raising capital, assembling a team of engineers.