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Tom Clarkson

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area, US

Founder, New Startup Company. Extensive startup experience. Georgia Tech MS CS. Wake Forest University BA Physics.

Founder, New Startup Company. Extensive startup experience. Georgia Tech MS CS. Wake Forest University BA Physics.

12 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Qualcomm Inc.
Insight in Action (IIA)
Graphic Software Systems, Inc. (GSS)


CED Venture Mentoring Program
CONNECT - San Diego
Wake Forest Angell Center
San Diego Telecom Council (Now Evonexus)


Founder WriteBoost October 2013 - present
Founder and Developer October 2013 - present
Various Positions in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Wake Forest University and Medical Center January 2007 - October 2013
VP Marketing & Business Development Kalon Semiconductor, Inc. May 2006 - December 2006
VP Marketing Coradiant, Inc. March 2005 - May 2006
Director Marketing / General Manager New Business Initiatives Intel Corporation October 1999 - April 2004
VP Marketing IPivot, Inc. November 1998 - October 1999
VP Marketing/BD, Founder Wireless Knowledge Qualcomm Inc. February 1998 - March 1999
VP Marketing, Multimedia Divison Brooktree Corp. February 1994 - November 1996
General Manager, PC Products SuperMac Technology Inc. January 1992 - January 1993
Founder and President Insight in Action (IIA) January 1991 - January 1992
Founder, CEO, and Chairman Graphic Software Systems, Inc. (GSS) November 1982 - May 1991
Software Engineer and Project Leader Tektronix, Inc. January 1980 - January 1982
Computing Analyst and Project Leader Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) January 1978 - January 1980


Georgia Institute of Technology Information and Computer Science 1977 - 1978
Wake Forest University Physics 1973 - 1977

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Front End Engineering
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Hardware
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Higher Education
  • • Content
  • • Content Marketing
  • • Writing Tools

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

JavaScript • Content marketing • Php • Digital marketing • Product management • Business Development • Product Development • Startups • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

While I have either founded or been a part of several successful startup efforts, I think that it is more important to look at recent accomplishments. Over the past year, I have reaquired some of my developer skills by learning front end web app development using Javascript and Bootstrap as well back end development using PHP. So, while not an experienced developer, I was able to bring my current project to the MVP stage and have started beta. I hope that with my startup management, marketing, and business development experience combined with my increasing software development skills, I can approach the ideal of a full-stack entrepreneur.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I would like to find people that would be interested in getting involved in an early stage startup. Remote is great. Currently both development and marketing would be helpful. Especially skills in NLP (natural language processing).

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Vishal Khanna
We worked together  •  Director, Marketing & Business Development, Wake Forest Innovations and Principal, Produce Creative.
Tom Clarkson was my mentor while I worked for him at Wake Forest Innovations. He is a consummate entrepreneur and is a leader who is able to ... bridge that most important gap between great ideas and the marketplace. Backing him is backing a leader who has played a central role in technology since the 1980s.
Jon Obermeyer
We worked together  •  Project Director, and Co-Founder and Principal, ZeroOne Consulting.
Tom is willing to start over from absolute zero to get something right. Forget the exits, the resume, the previous accolades. He'll make sur ... e you travel to him for the meeting, he owns the agenda (in a polite and professional way). Lives by the mantra "one ranger to a fire" - incredibly resourceful, yet generous if you're willing to run with him. Does not suffer much foolery. Never short of an opinion or a pivot.
Doug Edgeton
We worked together  •  President & CEO, North Carolina Biotechnology Center and President & CEO, North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
Tom's experience in the IT world and then in Life Science have prepared him for what it takes to develop a concept into a start-up company, ... etc.
Tony Tissot
We worked together  •  Sr. Director, Marketing, eTrigue Corp.. Previously Marketing, BMC Software.
Tom has the unique ability to distill complex issues and solutions into memorable and easy to digest narratives. He's able to quickly gras ... p market needs, and articulate how a given solution addresses those needs. In my experience, Tom is proven to solve what I consider the biggest weakness in most technology-driven startup organizations; the ability to communicate value - simply and clearly.
Allison Wood
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder and CEO, LCMS Plus. Previously Owner, LetterPerfect Executive Communications.
Tom is generous with his advice and experience and focused on leveraging all that to make any venture a success.
Monica Doss
We worked together  •  Chief Knowledge Officer, Flywheel Co-Work and Entrepreneur in Residence, Wake Forest Innovations. Florida State grad.
Tom has founded companies, raised money and led big projects in large corporations and academic institutions. He is very strong technically ... as well as on the business side. He sees the whole picture. He's been a good advisor for me.
We worked together
I am happy to recommend Tom. He has terrific insight in to the technical side of marketing.
Steven Hunt
We worked together  •  President & COO, DB Networks and Independent Technology Advisor, Independent. Stanford grad. Drexel grad.
Tom brings a high level of insight into solving complex problems. His understanding of networking and application, combined with a strong s ... ense of market dynamics allows him to see solutions that elude others. He is experienced enough to understand how to convey these ideas in a range of modes that suit the listening audience and provide that best possibility of achieving a successful results.
Chris Heivly
They're my friends  •  Managing Partner, Triangle Tech Media and Managing Partner, The StartUp Factory.
Insightful and passionate.
Anil Chawla
We worked together  •  Founder, CEO, ArchiveSocial and Founder, ExactByte Labs, LLC. Georgia Institute of Technology grad.
Tom has a long, impressive track record as an entrepreneur. It is rare to find someone with so much experience who is also up-to-date with t ... he latest technologies and trends, moves quickly, and is willing to jump in at the earliest stages of a company.
Elizabeth Gatewood
We worked together  •  Associate Director, Center for Entrepreneurship Research and Education, Wake Forest University. Purdue grad.
I saw Tom pursue entrepreneurial injustices despite significant roadblocks from university bureaucracy.
Josh Schwartz, MD, MBA
We worked together  •  Oncology Medical Access Lead, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Field Medical Scientist- Health Systems, Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Tom Clarkson has all of the attributes of a young entrepreneur (hunger, ingenuity, risk tolerance, etc.) combined with the wisdom of a seaso ... ned start up veteran (experience, rationale thinking, thoughtfulness, etc.). I wholeheartedly endorse Tom Clarkson.