Tom is smart, connected, honest, and eager to help others. After interacting with him a lot over the last year, I find myself patterning some of my habits after his good example. I have over 60 high-octane investors in CareGuide, and Tom is consistently one of the first I turn to when I need help.
Tom is an incredible asset to Plastiq. He is an angel investor and advisor and puts in as much or more work into the company as any of my major institutional investors. He is extremely well connected and never hesitates to make an introduction. He is always accessible whether to discuss strategy, growth, new hires, or simply life as founder/entrepreneur. He's a must have for any entrepreneur at any stage in their company.
Tom and I got connected through a mutual friend and I'm delighted we did. He became an investor and has always had incisive and useful advice. He is an entrepreneur so understands what founders are going through. He is direct but not harsh, which is a rare quality I seek in investors.
founded @yesgraph ( @y-combinator W15) sold to @lyft.
Seed investor in @cruise-automation, sold to @general-motors for >$1B.
Early growth at @dropbox.
Tom has been a value-add angel to Survata: supportive, helpful with intros, insightful with advice. Most importantly, he's a good friend to founders. Doing a startup himself gives him a perspective and attitude that not all investors have.
Founder @survata • Y Combinator • Worked at @mckinsey-company, @matrix-partners • Studied at @university-of-notre-dame
Tom has been an active supporter of Glowforge-- sending us candidates, giving us near-instant (and useful!) feedback any time we ask for it, and occasionally just sends an unsolicited, "How can I help?" email. He's also a good guy who understands the challenges entrepreneurs face... I'd recommend him without hesitation.
On an open-ended sabbatical. Prev: Product Exec @glowforge. Cubeduel (went viral, sold in 2012) RescueTime (YC08, True Ventures, profitable).
As an angel investor, Tom punches way above his weight. He's not our biggest investor, but he is certainly the most active and proactive. I'm not sure how he finds the time, but I'm grateful that he does. I highly recommend him if you can get him!
CEO/Co-founder of @trippeo. Previously founded Geotoko (acquired by @hootsuite)
Moral authority on all things start-up.
Tom is not only knowledgable - from high-level strategy to the most tactical - but he also clearly enjoys helping me win. I can pull him in on anything (fundraising, product, growth, HR, personal, etc.), and he's available any time, day or night. If I don't pull him in, he'll reach out to make sure my head's above water.
Above all, to me, Tom is high-integrity and generally the type of person you'd want to surround yourself with as a founder and/or friend. He gets it.
Tom defines hustle. He's absolutely phenomenal to work with as an investor — always just a call away when you need him. Tom has a ton of conviction when he decides to invest, and his enthusiasm for his portfolio companies is contagious to all those around him.
CEO & Co-Founder @virgo-surgical-video-solutions
Product manager @intuitive-surgical and @nuvasive
Vanderbilt Biomedical Engineering 2010
What I Do
I am passionate about helping people become the best versions of themselves.
I do this at scale through my role as Founder of BetterCompany, and I do this individually through my work as an angel investor and supporter of entrepreneurs who come referenced to me through others I know and trust.