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About Thomas

WR Hambrecht+Co

Partner, Chief Technology Officer

For more than a decade Thomas has worked with renowned investor William Hambrecht in using data science to find and fund disruptive 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.

Formerly, Thomas 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. 



Growing up in Honduras, Bolivia, India, Nepal and Indonesia, Thomas believes innovation decision making is one of the most far-reaching and poorly understood determinants of social wellbeing. He also believes data science is critical to better innovation decisions worldwide. 

He engages audiences of all sizes at conferences, keynotes and  executive forums.


Popular speaking topics include:

  • How to predict if new business will survive or fail

  • What data is un-teaching decision makers about innovation

  • Using data to analyze markets (when there isn't any data) 

Key audiences:

  • Innovation Leaders

  • Government, Nonprofit and Development Agencies


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



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In The Media

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In Academia

Truebel & Thurston, Danger in the Valley of Death: how the transition from preclinical research to clinical trials can impact valuationsDrug Discovery Today

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 


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