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TECH Talk is developed specifically to meet the interest of the local entrepreneurial community.

UPCOMING TALK: Tuesday, October 9th from 8:30am - 10:00am
LOCATION:  Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Dr., Suite 700, Tampa, FL  33609
COST: FREE (Registration requested)

 

April Tech talk

 
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We bet as much on the jockey as the horse.

“Startups and Raising Capital,” the April Diary of an Entrepreneur program

Tom Wallace, managing partner of Florida Funders

Tom has been a technology entrepreneur since co-founding his first company at the age of 23. He has been involved in starting, investing, growing and building businesses ever since. Tom has also been an active tech angel investor for the past 25 years. His investments include: Vector Solutions (sold to Providence Equity Partners, Tribridge (sold to DXC Technology), Q-Link (sold to Adobe), Adjoy, Threshold-360, all the Florida Funders portfolio companies, and many others.

"We bet as much on the jockey as the horse." As such, Tom enjoys personally getting to know the founders of the companies that are vetted through Florida Funders. He feels he has had some big wins, some strikeouts, and many ventures and investments that fell in between. He believes he’s learned much more from his failures than from his successes. For Tom, business is all about putting together the right team, setting big goals, staying laser focused, and being fanatical about product design and customer service.

Prior to joining Florida Funders, Tom served as CEO of Vector Solutions, a SaaS company in the online training compliance space, which he invested in 2003. In 2016 Vector Solutions was purchased by Providence Equity Partners, a $40 billion private equity firm, giving Tom a 50x return on his investment.

Tom and his lifelong business partner, Kevin Adamek, built and sold two other successful companies. The first was a Value Added Reseller which they started in 1983 and sold in 1990 to a large publicly traded NASDAQ company. The other was a Network Integration company which they started in 1990, grew to over 350 employees and $80 million in sales, and sold to a Fortune 500 company in 1997.

Tom has been active in the Florida technology community for the past 25 years. He was one of the original founders of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum in 2001, and served as CEO for the first three years. He presents at tech conferences about entrepreneurship and raising capital. Over the course of his career he raised well over $100M – for his various companies – from venture capital and private equity firms. Tom serves as a judge for pitch competitions as well as the E&Y’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. He has also been a finalist for this award twice himself.

Present Board roles include: Florida Funders, First Tee of Tampa Bay, and Pikmykid.

Past Board roles include: Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Microsoft Advisory Board, University of Tampa Trustees, Vector Solutions, Tribridge, Q-Link, and the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay.

 

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