Tom has been an entrepreneur and early-stage investor for over 20 years. Immediately prior to co-founding Next Coast Ventures, Tom was a General Partner with Austin Ventures where he spent ten years investing in and working with entrepreneurs to build great companies. Investments during his time at Austin Ventures included being the first investor in companies such as Bazaarvoice (NYSE: BV), RetailMeNot (Nasdaq: SALE), Silvercar (acquired by Audi), and Adometry (acquired by Google).
Prior to that he was the Founder of Tahoe Domains, an ICANN accredited domain name registrar; CEO and Co-Founder of Openfield and Razorgator Interactive; and Chairman, CEO and Founder of eCoupons (acquired by Lifeminders-NASDAQ: LFMN).
Tom graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the University of Florida and is a Kauffman Fellow.