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Tom Austin

Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

Managing Partner, Sumo Ant. Previously Co-Founder, AND 1. University of Southern California grad. University of Pennsylvania grad.

Managing Partner, Sumo Ant. Previously Co-Founder, AND 1. University of Southern California grad. University of Pennsylvania grad.

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Involved In

Founder

AND 1

Positions

Managing Partner Sumo Ant July 2011 - present
Co-Founder AND 1 1993 - 2003

Education

University of Southern California Writing, Directing and Editing 2008 - 2011
University of Pennsylvania Human Development/Education 2005 - 2008
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School Finance 1990 - 1993

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Fashion
  • • Sports
  • • Video
  • • Edutainment
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Higher Education

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Co-founder at AND 1, a $200 million plus global basketball brand.
Built and ran footwear from close to zero in sales to over $200 million in sales. Responsible for all aspects from design management and product line creation to sourcing and margins.
Named MVP or co-MVP by my partners three times.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

No one can be great at everything. So, the right partners are everything. I believe in transparent, honest communication...pushing each other while being respectful. Hard work and personal responsibility while maintaining some degree of work-life balance. Hi-integrity and outstanding ethics. And having some fun along the way. It's like a marriage...so have to be 'right' together.

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A.J. Steigman
They're my advisor  •  Contributing Writer, The Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Soletron.
Tom was the legend and of my retail industry and was one of the initial pioneers in my vertical when he co-founded AND1. He was very kind w ... ith his time mentoring me, and always provided ample detail with his recommendations. Great guy overall.
Michael Schaeffer
We worked together at AND 1  •  Founder, BOLD & Co. Previously Global Creative Director, Vice President of Design, Reebok, adidas Group.
He HAS been a great entrepreneur for most of his professional life.
Katty Yeh
We worked together
Tom is one of the three co-founders of AND1, but not only because of he had a great experience before. He is very intelligent and stay focus ... on the subjects he choose to work.
Jeff Roth
We worked together at AND 1  •  Entrepreneur | Sales and Marketing Lead, MVP Interactive and Entrepreneur | President, Allfanz. Colorado State grad.
I worked closely with Tom for 6 years while with AND 1. Tom was a founding partner and really the unsung hero of AND 1 in terms of catapulti ... ng the business from start-up to a $250M business. He is extremely intelligent and thoughtful. His work ethic is beyond compare as he worked tirelessly to drive the business forward, leading all new product initiatives for the company. Beyond his ability and his drive, Tom is a fantastic teammate. Always enthusiastic, honest and open-minded with his colleagues. I highly recommend Tom, any team would be lucky to have him.

Michael Schaeffer
Founder, BOLD & Co. Previously Global Creative Director, Vice President of Design, Reebok, adidas Group.
Michael is a super talented industrial designer and problem solver who is also very professional and easy to work with. He is a pleasure to ... have as part of any team, has an analytical and design mind and works well without friction.

A.J. Steigman
They're my advisor  •  Contributing Writer, The Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Soletron.
I was impressed by AJ's hustle and ability to raise money and attract a great advisor team and collaborators based on his tenacity. He is d ... riven and focused, dreams big dreams, hustles and wants to build or be part of something huge.