Venture Capital

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Data Science

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About Thomas

Thomas is a venture capitalist who uses data science to identify disruptive growth companies. He's a Partner at WR Hambrecht Ventures and developed the MESE® computing system.

 

Formerly, he used data science to guide growth investments at Intel and led a joint R&D effort at the Harvard Business School with Professor Clayton Christensen to develop predictive statistical models for early stage innovation. He also helped found a business in the high performance computing industry that was acquired. 

 

Current Roles

WR Hambrecht Ventures

Partner, Chief Technology Officer

For more than a decade Thomas has worked with renowned investor William Hambrecht in using MESE® to find and fund disruptive growth companies.

 

Creator/Developer, MESE®

The MESE® computing system provides unique insights into businesses that disclose little or no public data about their financial or commercial status. Since 2008 it has helped guide billions of dollars in venture capital, innovation, M&A and related growth initiatives.

Speaking

For the past decade Thomas has been a global evangelist for using data science to improve innovation decisions. Growing up in Honduras, Bolivia, India, Nepal and Indonesia, he believes innovation decision making is one of the most far-reaching and poorly understood determinants of social wellbeing. 

He engages audiences of all sizes at international conferences, industry and executive events, keynote addresses and boardroom forums.

 

Popular speaking topics include:

  • Using data science to guide innovation decisions

  • How to predict if a new business will survive or fail

  • Debunking innovation myths with data (and why that's a good thing)  

  • Statistical portfolio management for growth innovators

Key audiences:

  • Board and C-suites

  • Innovation Leaders

  • Financial professionals and risk managers

  • Government and development agencies

 

Testimonials

"The man who knows whether any start up will live or die."

 

Wired

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In the Media

Read some of the articles here.

 

 
 

In Academia

Thurston & Shih, Handheld Graphics Organization

 Harvard Business Publishing

 

Thurston & Shih, Intel NBI: Image Components Organization

 Harvard Business Publishing

 

Thurston & Shih, Intel Corporation's New Business Initiatives (A)

Harvard Business Publishing

 

Thurston & Shih, MXP Digital Media Processor
Harvard Business Publishing

 

Thurston & Shih, Radio-Frequency Identification
Harvard Business Publishing

Thurston & Shih, Intel NBI: Vivonic

Harvard Business Publishing

 

Thurston & Singh, Disrupting the Consultants: Could the Advisers use some Advice?

Thunderbird International Business Review 

 

Fox, Thurston & Zaheer, Revenue Capital & Disruptive Models: Venture Funding Tools for Developing Nations

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneurship Review

 

Thurston, Disrupting Venture Capital

Thunderbird International Business Review 

Contact Thomas

 

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