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Tom Patterson

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Found@Heighten,CEO/Found,Pres@NexTag(acquirer),EIR Mayfield,SVP Prod&Tech @Markettools,@P&G,@Peoplesoft, Board Dale Carnegie,Angel

Found@Heighten,CEO/Found,Pres@NexTag(acquirer),EIR Mayfield,SVP Prod&Tech @Markettools,@P&G,@Peoplesoft, Board Dale Carnegie,Angel

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Involved In


New Company


iCurrent (acquired by Washington Post)
Dale Carnegie Training
Fitmob(acquired by Classpass)
Alchemist Accelerator
IDG Ventures

Side Projects



CEO and Founder New Company March 2015 - present
Advisor Survata June 2015 - present
Board Member Dale Carnegie Training April 2014 - present
Advisor Fitmob(acquired by Classpass) September 2013 - present
Mentor and Coach Alchemist Accelerator August 2014 - present
Board Member SoHalo March 2015 - present
Advisor Fixya October 2013 - present
Advisor KIXEYE 2011 - present
Advisor IDG Ventures 2011 - present
Chairman and Founder Heighten March 2012 - December 2014
Advisor threadsy March 2011 - September 2012
President Nextag July 2010 - March 2012
CEO & Founder November 2006 - July 2010
Advisor iCurrent January 2008 - May 2010
Entrepreneur In Residence Mayfield Fund May 2006 - November 2006
Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations MarketTools March 2001 - October 2005
Director of Marketing (acquired by Teoco) March 1999 - June 2000
Director of Product Marketing Oracle August 1996 - March 1999
Product Development Manager Procter & Gamble June 1991 - August 1994


Harvard Business School General Management September 1994 - June 1996
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Chemical Engineering September 1987 - June 1991

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Dating
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Sports
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Content

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Product management • Venture capital • Marketing Strategy • Startups • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

Tom Patterson is an entrepreneurial CEO, investor and advisor. He is the founder of and is currently building his next exciting startup in the mobile space (not yet announced). Tom has also held a number of strategic executive positions in very successful companies.

In 2007, Tom founded , an innovative product research service. Wize was acquired by Wize Commerce(previously Nextag), one of the biggest commerce sites of the last decade. Tom was appointed to the position of President where he managed a successful integration of the team, technology, branding and revenue engine.

In 2006, Tom was an EIR with the Mayfield Fund and helped the firm vet many potential early stage investments.

Tom joined Markettools in 2001 when the company had no revenue and limited product strategy . As Senior Vice President managing all product,technology, and service, Tom conceived and built the consumer and enterprise facing product strategies. His organization of 250+ personnel was responsible for delivering the organizational capabilities that propelled the company to 0 to 50 million in revenue in 4 years.

Tom has held strategic executive positions at PeopleSoft, where he was the Director of Product Marketing of the Finance applications, as well as Procter and Gamble as a Product Development Manager of Pantene and Old Spice.

Tom is actively involved with many great companies helping them define their market value propositions and helping them scale. He is an investor in Simplivity (redefining the data center), among others. He advises great organizations like Kixeye(leading gaming site) and IDG Ventures. Tom mentors and coaches many silicon valley CEO's and executives.

Tom is an Eastman Kodak Scholar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he graduated in Chemical Engineering and received an MBA from Harvard University. Tom was a member of the Varsity Football Team.

Tom is a 3rd Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and loves Surfing.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

It's about creating the greatest culture ever. My cofounders become part of my life and I embrace after working and leading high performing teams over the last 20 years.

As an Advisor

My work as the advisor span really hands on to strategic/infrequent. I am strategic at different levels of a companies growth and needs but particularly love product market fit, leadership, coaching, fundraising, consumer value proposition, exit strategies.

Vouches Received

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jim wandrey
We worked together
Tom is a proven entrepreneur having already founded and sold a company. He is resourceful, extremely people and cross functionally team orie ... nted. He brings a blend of marketing and very strong technical skills to the table and is able to get buy in through clear communications
Ramana Rao
They're my friends
He's already proven, definitely does many things well, works hard, focused and fast on decisions, and can sell.
Jim O'Hara
We worked together
Frankly, Tom already is a great entrepreneur. He applies his education and experience, which are as strong as I have ever been around, to a ... ll of his professional endeavors. He is thoughtful, intelligent, and driven, which is a combination that makes those working for him and with him want to be better professionals. I am fortunate to have worked with Tom for over five years in a high growth, entrepreneurial organization and he remains the first person I reach out to for professional advice and counsel, If given the opportunity, I would feel very fortunate to work for and/or with Tom in any future endeavor.
Raj Kapoor
We worked together at Mayfield Fund
tom has great vision for where the world is going, human behavior, and how to create disruptive change by combining those elements. Also, h ... e is excellent at motivating, managing, and building deep relationships in and out of the company. He can assemble the best team and make the impossible happen - and build strong relationships in the process. I highly recommend him!
Joe Famalette
We worked together
Tom's energy and passion is very well balanced by his thoughtful and realistic approach to opportunities. I like that Tom takes time to drea ... m. Most of the success that happens in business comes when you are strolling outside the lines as it were... His passion for projects has always helped him. He works hard 24/7 on the projects that I have seen him get involved with but he also knows when to cut the project when things are not matching the dreams of others. Hard worker and smart; that's Tom.
Ramana Rao
They're my friends
Tom *is* a great entrepreneur. He has been doing and advising many people to do it. If anybody can succeed by sheer will, leadership abil ... ities, and hard work, it is he.
Perla Ni
They're my school  •  Founder of GreatNonprofits, Stanford Social Innovation Review, co-founder of Grassroots Enterprise. Berkeley & Harvard grad in Bay Area
He's a scary smart, has a great network, and has big ideas.
Brian Regan
We worked together
Tom is trustworthy, hard-charging, innovative and a downright decent human being. I would want him on my team every time.
Byron D. Kennedy
We worked together
Tom is a great leader, has a work ethic second to none and knows what it takes to identify, assemble and inspire the best talent around.
Craig Stern
We worked together
Tom is motivated to make an impact in the business community. He is extremely effective at distilling complicated ideas into simpler concep ... ts and communicating them to people of different backgrounds. Tom is very thoughtful and is excellent at deciding on the key questions that need to be addressed in solving problems and making decisions. Lastly, Tom is very personable, gets along with many people, and is extremely well-connected and respected in the start up community.
Himanshu Shah
We worked together
Tom is an extremely smart and well qualified Leader. I have experienced first hand Tom as an Entrepreneur and have a deep appreciation for h ... ow he drove Wize towards a successful acquisition by Nextag and an even more impactful integration with long-term value. Honored to have worked for Tom and have no doubt there's more to come.
Jeff Yasuda
We worked together
Tom has been incredibly helpful with introductions and high level strategic thinking. He's also a great CEO coach and has been a helpful ad ... visor.
Dave Linhardt
Founder & CEO, FounderSensei and Founder & CEO, Harvard Business School grad. Purdue grad.
Tom is a great entrepreneur because he knows how to get the best out of people on his team.

Sabrina Riddle
We worked together
Sabrina is an extremely motivated individual who knows what it takes to close business and get deals done. She is also fabulous at recruitin ... g and maintaining relationships. She is very strategic and has a great network to bring to bear. She has great startup experience and loves product. I think she would make a great startup founder and be able to scale a business once it hits product market fit.

Byron D. Kennedy
We worked together
Byron has the ability to solve complex problems and also be able to execute solutions. he's already demonstrated his abilities by starting h ... is own business and deliver a great solution to the market. he also very persusasive and gets many people to help him as he's built a saleschannel for his past businesses. Byron's motor can not be stopped he devours knowledge and keeps plugging ahead to get things done. I've enjoyed working with Byron and I would work with him again

Lance Coleman
They're my mentor  •  CEO, Iv The Love and Digital Strategist, The Blueprint Group.
Lance is very accomplished, networked and focus on this work passions. He has a great feel for the market and brings great execution skills ... to the table.

Jordan Batch
We worked together  •  Previous design at Coin, Blueboard. Founder of Takifugu design studio
Has a combinations of everything you'd want to partner with, brains, intuition, and fun!

Brandon Barber
They're my advisor  •  Chief Marketing Officer, KIXEYE. Previously Co-Founder, VP Marketing & Production, Lionside.
Brandon has a track record of success and is responsible for some big time innovation in marketing, gaming, and growing businesses. Smart, d ... riven, winner!