Tom has been a true "entrepreneur's friend," advising me through several really sticky situations, especially around fundraising. If you have a chance to work with him, I'd strongly encourage...more it. Inder Singh
15+ years as an entrepreneur:
• Founded Mercantila (acq by Google)
• Founded Tailwind Distribution (failed)
• Founded Google Shopping Express
• Founded Google Trusted Stores
• Leading new business units at Uber
Tom is in the top 1% of investors who truly understand the ups and down of being a founder. He is extremely product driven and has the experience to back it up. His unconditional support and passion to get involved provides the perfect style of guidance. He is a friend that you can trust and depend on when you are in a bind!
Founder @spoonrocket-inc, the Most Convenient Meal Ever
If you are lucky enough to have Tom as an investor, you will quickly realize that you are not dealing with some run-of-the-mill VC. He hustles like a founder, is available day and night, and provides such sound advice, you'll often wonder if you've hit the lottery. Truth is, you have, so get ready for an enjoyable ride.
This isn't just Mr. Google Shopping Express (though that's probably enough.) You're being backed by a true pro with over 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, who has connections to a huge network of value-add investors worldwide, and acts as a team member and confidant who will do what it takes to ensure your success.
After investing personally, Tom asked to syndicate a portion of our Seed Round and within a week had it oversubscribed and generating significant inbound interest. Our team is absolutely honored to have him as an investor!
Tom has the ability to relate and empathize with founders because he is one. From when to turn on monetization to how to do a geo rollout, he's had experience on all fronts -- excited to have him on board and draw advice from those experiences.
Tom is one of those investors who goes way above and beyond the money. In the short time he's been an investor, he's already made a strategic intro that I suspect will be very meaningful to our longterm success. He's been an operator, so he knows what you're going through and is always there to help.
Despite being the guy that runs Google Shopping Express, Tom is incredibly accessible. Our team regularly meets him to provide progress report and discuss different strategies. In addition, Tom is not shy about opening up his Rolodex: if you need an intro, he's got the contact for it. Overall, I'd highly encourage anyone lucky enough to get this investment to take it.
Tom has great deal flow, he is totally collaborative, really understands product and is willing to work hard for entrepreneurs when it matters most. We've already been in a few deals together that have had positive outcomes and I really look forward to doing more deals with Tom in the future. It's always a good sign when Tom is on the cap table because he has great investor instincts and I know how much value he brings with him.
Tom is a the definition of "value add" when it comes to being an investor. He has a deep understanding of and experience in the on-demand space, is approachable, easy to work with and knows how to guide entrepreneurs as they grow their companies.