Managing Director, Shepherd Ventures
has over 25 years of experience as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and management consultant.
focuses on investments in software, mobile/wireless, and the internet/digital media.
With Shepherd Ventures, Tom has served on the boards of and/or managed investments in portfolio companies including SpecificMedia, Quickoffice, LTI Lighting, Planet ATE, Voyager Systems, and WiSpry.
Earlier in his career, Tom was Senior Vice President of Advantage Capital Partners, a large early stage venture fund.
While with Advantage Capital
, the US Small Business
Administration selected him as a Financial Services Advocate of the Year.
Prior to Advantage Capital, Tom founded and/or served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various companies, primarily in the software and publishing industries.
Tom was also a Management Consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick, where he served as a member of the firm's M&A Group.
Tom received a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and also holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Tom is a member of the CFA Institute, a past Chairman and President of the CFA Society of San Diego, an advisor for numerous privately-held companies and serves on the board of the San Diego Software Industries Council (SDSIC).