Rathmann got his start as an entrepreneur as a high school student in Houston in 2002. His company, Fog-iT (later renamed Distinctive Illuminations), provided custom lighting for entertainment venues and high-end homes. Rathmann maintained his business for several years while attending college at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), before he ultimately decided to focus his energy on securing a master’s degree in accounting from the prestigious Red McCombs School of Business at UT.
Upon graduation, Rathmann moved west to Denver, joining the assurance practice at KPMG (2009-2012) where he helped clients across a variety of industries. He then took that experience to the private sector, where he gained invaluable experience as the CFO of Denver-based KNS Communications (2012-2014).
In 2014, Rathmann created his vision for a technology company that would provide a centralized cloud-based accounting platform for small businesses. This technology company became ScaleFactor, which rapidly attracted investment and grew to a team of more than 200 employees, as well as thousands of customers. While the doors recently closed on that endeavor, his vision for using technology to transform the accounting space and cultivating a healthy and productive work environment for small businesses still remains vibrantly intact.
Rathmann is a proud member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, dedicates his time and resources to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and lives gratefully with his wife and infant son in Austin, Texas.
Kurt in ScaleFactor’s HQ in the East Side of Austin, TX
Kurt on stage at company all-hands meeting