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Thomas Knoll

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, US

Personal Advisor. Previously Primeloop(exited), LaunchRock(exited), Community Architect @ Zappos, Uservoice, Seesmic & Mentor @ 500Startups.

Personal Advisor. Previously Primeloop(exited), LaunchRock(exited), Community Architect @ Zappos, Uservoice, Seesmic & Mentor @ 500Startups.

3 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Product
  • UI/Design
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In


Knoll Coaching


500 Startups


Growth Operations - People and Products Revelry Labs January 2016 - present
Community Architect 1996 - present
Mentor 500 Startups 2012 - present
Co-founder & Coach Knoll Coaching April 2014 - December 2015
Founder Primeloop June 2011 - May 2015
Co-founder, then Advisor Launchrock April 2011 - March 2014
Community Architect Zappos Family of Companies March 2010 - March 2011
CCO UserVoice April 2009 - July 2009
Community Advocate Seesmic April 2008 - April 2009
SysAdmin Team JoiLab June 2007 - March 2008


Luther Seminary Missions

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Enterprise Sales
Advisor With
  • • Sales
  • • B2B sales
  • • M&a
  • • Business Development
  • • Data Science
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Community
  • • Conversations
  • • Customer Care
  • • PR

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Marketing • Customer development • Product launch • Product strategy • Community Building • Company Culture • Marketing Strategy • Product Development

Key Accomplishments

I have been building online community for over 17 years. Initially I built websites to extend offline communities. Then I took on more of a marketing/social focus toward growing online customer communities. Then I shifted my focus to strategic and product solutions for building/supporting huge communities of customers. I've built online/offline communities for,,,, downtown Las Vegas, and through mentoring other companies at 500 Startups.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I've had the good fortune of being an early employee at a number of different startups and some very large companies. And, as a mentor and advisor to startups and incubators I've had a peek into many more. So, I've had the opportunity to learn from a lot of mistakes I didn't have to make all on my own. And, I would argue that half of the credit for a successful startup is just getting off the ground without making too many mistakes.

As an Advisor

I believe most advice is more dangerous than helpful. But, I think stories and lessons-learned are extremely valuable. I like to ask questions and really understand the challenges you are facing, so that I can also introduce you to other people who have hard-won experience to share.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Trey Bowles
Cofounder and CEO, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center and Chair, Startup America: Texas Region.
Jonathan Yankovich
Full Stack Web Developer, Stealth Mode Startup Company. Previously UX Consultant, OpenLabel.
Thomas's reputation precedes him in the startup industry. He has great energy and knows how to build products and teams, but you don't need ... me to tell you that.
Jacquelyn Krieger
They're my school  •  ChakWave Juice Creator, Yoga Teacher, Timeless Clocks Maker, Actor/Host/Director/Voice Over Artist, UT Austin Film Grad, Planetary Herbalism
Thomas is Creative and Committed.

Wynn Xiao Wu
They're my friends  •  Product, Playstudios. Previously Director of eStrategies, Research & Development, Wynn Las Vegas.
Wynn brings class and style to everything he touches. He is a generalist with a great product eye and heart. I've loved the time I've spent ... with him on projects, and watching everything he builds.

Gerard Ramos
They're my advisor
Most people talk. Gerard actually gets things done.

Gerard Ramos
They're my advisor
I've worked with Gerard before, and I hope to work with him again. He's got the hustle and the chops.

Chirag Davé
We worked together at UserVoice
Ever since we had a chance to work together at UserVoice, I have been nothing but inspired by hustle Chirag has. He never settles. He always ... wants to learn more. And, he has pushed himself to learn as much as possible about every corner of business. I would work with him any chance I get.

Sean Power
Startup executive, founder advisor, internationally published author. SaaS, media, fashion, music, gaming. Current: @TheCoveteur.
A little too smart for his own good. But he's too humble to realize it.

Paul J. Modderman
We worked together  •  SAP Application Developer, Mindset Consulting, LLC. Previously SAP Developer, Canadian Pacific Railway.
Paul is brilliant and focused and determined. I worked with him back in college, and would gladly work with him again. But, you can steal hi ... m from me if you hurry. =)

Géraldine Le Meur
Co-Founder, The Refiners.
Geraldine has first hand experience as well as insight into the thousands of companies who have participated in LeWeb. She is sharp, but she ... is also gracious.