Tom Kippola is a 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, often 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 over 100 early stage tech companies, including: Tradex (acquired for $5.2B), Rubric (acquired for $340M), Tealeaf (acquired for est. $500M), and Servicesoft (acquired for $645M).
He has also served dozens of large tech companies including Adobe, HP, IBM, and Intel. He helped fashion the strategy that Nextel Communications used to build one of the 10 most profitable companies in the U.S., and ultimately get acquired by Sprint for $35B.
Tom is also a venture partner with Voyager Capital, an early stage west coast venture capital firm where he advises companies on growth and exit strategies. Voyager’s most notable exit, Aquantive, was acquired by Microsoft for $6B.
Additionally, Tom advises startups within StartX, the accelerator for tech entrepreneurs at Stanford University. He was honored as the top advisor, according to a survey of entrepreneurs during a recent session.
Before Chasm Group
He served as director of marketing for a technical support software startup, and began his career in sales with a network VAR.
Tom graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied electrical engineering and business.
Tom is an avid windsurfer.
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