Before falling in love with startups, Thomas was a tour bus driver and an M&A solicitor for listed multinationals. In 2005, using cocktail napkins to map out the plan, he and a colleague started two companies. By 2010 one of these startups had failed and provided many hard lessons. The other was worth over US$200 million.
Thomas still uses cocktail napkins (but spreadsheets, too) to start, fund, and advise startups. Currently, he is co-founder and director of Canada-based Emmetros, which is using technology to help people affected by memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s. Thomas has founded, raised money for, and helped manage, startups in technology, health, mining, and traditional (bricks and mortar) businesses. He has worked and lived in Africa, Russia, and Asia.
His favourite thing is to map out the plan for future liquidity (on a cocktail napkin)…and then get there.
In addition to degrees in law (Juris Doctor, UBC) and classical history (BA, UVic), he holds an MSc. from London Business School, where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.