Tom Kippola is a Managing Director with The Chasm Group and joined the firm in 1993, prior to the firm's incorporation as The Chasm Group in 1994.
While Tom's expertise within high-tech is broad, he specializes in the creation of breakaway strategies and business models for small and large tech and tech enabled service companies that are challenged with accelerating adoption and/or building competitive advantage.
Tom assisted in the early strategy development for several of the most successful tech companies of the last 15 years, including:
- The #1 ARPU cell phone service provider (sold for over $30B)
- The #1 pure play enterprise marketing automation vendor (sold for $340M)
- The #1 vendor of electronic document and delivery software
- 1 of the top 10 software exits of all time (sold for over $5B)
- The #1 new product launch of all time for a test & measurement company that initiated hundreds of new product launches over 50+ years.
Tom has also provided consulting and/or training for many well-known and established companies including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, AT&T, America Online and others.
He is in frequent demand as a speaker and has delivered talks on five continents. He has been a keynote or feature speaker for Microsoft, GE, Xerox, Siemens, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, multiple venture capital firms, and dozens of high-tech industry conferences.
Tom is also in demand as a writer. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including Forbes and The Red Herring, and he is the co-author of the best-selling book The Gorilla Game: Picking Winners in High Technology.
Tom also serves as a venture partner with Voyager Capital, a Seattle and Silicon Valley based venture capital firm with approximately $370M under management. Voyager is primarily focused on the business software & services, wireless, and digital media spaces.
Before Chasm Group
Prior to his consulting career, Tom was Director of Marketing for a venture-backed developer of software for support automation. He graduated from the University of Michigan , where he studied electrical engineering and business.