Impact Hub Academy Board Member
Tom is a successful entrepreneur and has held executive positions at several high-profile technology companies. His technology career began in 1982, where he worked at Apple Computer in senior Marketing and Business Development positions. During his 10 year stint at Apple, he launched over 100 products (including the last Apple II and several Macintosh models) and spearheaded Apple’s entry into the Small Business and Music Markets. After Apple, he became Vice President of Marketing for Digidesign and ran Netscape’s European websites out of their Paris office.
Moving to London, he became International Vice President at lastminute.com, one of the leading travel and lifestyle sites in Europe during the internet “boom”. Tom held executive positions at both Digidesign and lastminute.com when they went public and assisted in fundraising and their IPOs.
On the entrepreneurial side, Tom founded Katz Media in 2005, an Apple “Pippin” licensee, and VEO (Virtual European Office) in 1997, a company that provided “virtual” European Offices to US- based internet companies. Both had investor/shareholder positive exits. Moving from London to the South of France in 2006, he established Boatbookings.com, which is the world’s largest online yacht charter company. He serves on the Board of Directors of Micro Focus and Sweetbeam, and has published a case study in the Harvard Business Review called “Can this High Tech Product Sell Itself?“
Tom has a BA from Stanford University in Psychology and Economics, is married with 3 teenagers at Boulder High School, and is both an American and British Citizen. He relocated to Boulder from the South of France in 2014 to get involved in the Boulder Tech scene and “give back”. He is an active Angel investor, focusing on women-run social impact startups, and has mentored dozens of companies in all aspects of their business including writing business plans, planning their VC/Angel pitches, developing product strategies, international expansion, and refining their business models.