Tom Kippola is co-founder & Managing Director of the Chasm Group. He helps executive teams with software-based innovations to rapidly build a strategic path that propels them to strong growth, sustainable competitive advantage, and attractive exit value. He is typically invited in by the CEO, usually by referral.
Tom is co-author of a top 10 business bestseller, The Gorilla Game: Picking Winners In High Technology, a book that explains how competitive advantage is created in information technology businesses.
Tom has served hundreds of early stage information technology companies, including: Rubric (acquired for $340M), Tealeaf (acquired for est. $500M), Servicesoft (acquired for $645M), nCircle (acquired for est. $210M), Tradex (acquired for $5.2B), Interwoven (acquired for $775M), and Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon AWS for $350M, and AWS’ largest acquisition). In recent years he has served several early stage AI startups, including companies acquired by GE and Google for positive shareholder returns.
He has also served dozens of large companies including Adobe (involved in building the strategy for Acrobat in mid-90’s), HP, IBM, and Intel. He helped build the strategy enabling Nextel Communications to post the 10th highest net margin among Fortune 500 cos., and to be acquired by Sprint for $35B
Tom is a strategy venture partner with Voyager Capital, an early stage Seattle-based VC firm with over $400M under management. Voyager’s notable exits include Aquantive (acquired by Microsoft for $6B) and Elemental Technologies (noted above).
Tom is also a strategy venture partner with Silicon Valley Data Capital (SVDC), an early stage VC firm recently founded to focus exclusively on early stage data science/AI startups.
Tom advises startups within StartX, the accelerator for tech entrepreneurs at Stanford University. He was honored as the top advisor among several dozen senior-level executives, according to a survey of entrepreneurs during a recent session.
Before Chasm Group
He was director of marketing for an AI startup, and began his career with a networking value added reseller.
Tom graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied electrical engineering and business.
Tom is an avid windsurfer.
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