He Sold His St. Paul Start-up for Millions. Now He’s Starting Another


By JULIO OJEDA-ZAPATA of Pioneer Press

Scott Burns had time to relax after he sold off his downtown St. Paul-based tech startup, GovDelivery, last year — for the second time.

The Merriam Park resident focused on volunteer pursuits, such as advising public officials on business issues and serving on the boards of the St. Paul Foundation and the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

But Burns, who is hardly ready to retire at 41, knew that he’d eventually get back into tech entrepreneurship. And he was pretty sure that would happen in downtown St. Paul.

Sure enough, he announced last week that a new tech venture, Structural, is launching in Lowertown’s CoCo coworking complex. It eventually will move into its own St. Paul offices, likely closer to the center of downtown, Burns said.

“St. Paul is an amazing place to live, work and do business,” he said. “And downtown is vibrant without being overcrowded and overly expensive. I am starting to see more and more startup activity.”

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