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Parker Thomas

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Director, Web Initiatives, Maker Media and Project Director - Education, Maker Media. Vanderbilt grad.

Director, Web Initiatives, Maker Media and Project Director - Education, Maker Media. Vanderbilt grad.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Fundraising
  • Product
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Fundraising
  • • Product

Involved In


Illustrative Concepts


Founding Member, School Design Team Urban Montessori Charter School May 2010 - present
Director, Web Initiatives Maker Media July 2013 - December 2013
Project Director - Education Maker Media September 2012 - June 2013
Senior Product Manager and Innovator in Residence Intuit - $4B accounting/payroll software producer and payment services provider November 2010 - April 2012
VP, Product Management PlasticJungle October 2008 - January 2010
Owner/President ShredFirst January 2003 - March 2006
Owner and Builder Thomas Airplane Construction - 2 years, 3,200 hours March 2001 - August 2002
Manager Accenture August 2000 - April 2001
Founder Chief Executive Officer Illustrative Concepts March 1996 - July 1998


The College of Wooster Computer Science
University School of Nashville
Vanderbilt University Managing the High Tech Enterprise

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Education
  • • Financial Services
  • • Green
  • • Hardware
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Product management • Go to market strategy • Startups • Agile Methodologies • Software project management

Key Accomplishments

I am most proud of my own startups. Ten years ago, in a determined attempt to leave technology, I started a paper shredding business. I grew it an average of 22% every month and sold it to Cintas in the third year of operation. I had to master every aspect of a service business, from truck maintenance to scheduling. Ironically, despite my attempt to leave technology behind, how we used technology turned out to be a key differentiator. Looking forward to the next one.

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Michael Chandler
They're my school
Parker is one of the most creative and resourceful people I have encountered. I admire him for taking risks, but respect him for being thou ... ghtful, tenacious and dedicating himself to reaching a goal. He is clear headed and driven.
Jonathan Beekman
They're my friends
Parker has been a great advisor to Man Crates as we've grown. He's helped us push the envelope on our user experience and products and has ... helped us tackle both the tactical and strategic challenges we've faced as a growing startup.
We worked together
Parker is driven. He is a hard worker and willing to do whatever is needed to get the project done. Parker works well independently and al ... so in teams. He cares about the people who work for him, and looks for feedback from them and others. Parker has a wide variety of contacts and interests and is able to pull from, and combine, all of them in ways that put new spins on projects.
They're my school
Several reasons: (1) He has been a successful entrepreneur, researching industries until he found a space he thought fit with his criteria, ... executing on that b-plan, and selling that venture for a very nice profit. (2) Intellectual curiosity and capacity - you either have this or you don't. He has the horsepower to think through complex problems and the organization ability to piece those plans together. (3) People skills. I attended B-School with Parker and have milled over ventures and various opportunities in the subsequent years - among his peer group he has always excelled at communicating, organizing, and networking in a very honest and collaborative manner. These skills are invaluable when researching industries, managing the inevitable tight budgets, and to be extremely resourceful.