Tom Kippola is co-founder & Managing Director of the Chasm Group. He helps executive teams with software-based innovations to rapidly build a strategic path that propels them to strong growth, sustainable competitive advantage, and attractive exit value. He is typically invited in by the CEO, usually by referral.
Tom is co-author of a top 10 business bestseller, The Gorilla Game: Picking Winners In High Technology, a book that explains how competitive advantage is created in information technology businesses.
Tom has served hundreds of venture capital backed software companies, including: Rubric (acquired for $340M), Tealeaf (acquired for est. $500M), Servicesoft (acquired for $645M), nCircle (acquired for est. $210M), Tradex (acquired for $5.2B), Interwoven (acquired for $775M), ChargePoint (acquired via a SPAC for $2.4B), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon AWS for est. $350M, and AWS’ largest acquisition), and Zipwhip (pending $850M acquisition by Twilio). In recent years he has served several early stage AI startups, including companies acquired by GE and Google for positive shareholder returns.
He has also served dozens of large companies including Adobe (involved in building the strategy for Acrobat in mid-90’s), HP, IBM, and Intel. He helped build the strategy enabling Nextel Communications to post the 10th highest net margin among Fortune 500 cos., and to be acquired by Sprint for $35B.
Tom is regularly referred into clients by numerous venture capital firms, including Silicon Valley Data Capital (SVDC), an early stage VC firm founded to focus exclusively on early stage data science/AI startups, where Tom serves as a part time strategy venture partner.
Tom graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied electrical engineering and business.
Tom is an avid windsurfer, and more recently a pickleball player.