Tom Peterson is the President and CEO of the Social Leverage Group of Companies and Co-Founder and General Partner of Social Leverage, an established early stage venture capital firm with offices in San Diego, CA and Scottsdale, AZ specializing in web-enabled start ups.
As early angel investors, Tom and his partner, Howard Lindzon, have backed successful startups like LifeLock (NYSE: LOCK), GolfNow (Comcast), Rent.com (eBay), BuddyMedia (Salesforce), GoInstant (SalesForce), Assistly (Salesforce), Tweetdeck (Twitter), Kensho, Robinhood, Simply Measured, eToro, TicketFly, AngelList, Tubemogul, Betaworks and more. The firm primarily invests in mobile/cloud saas, financial technologies, business intelligence & analytics, monetization infrastructure, consumer marketplaces, e-commerce, and virtual reality.
In 2010, Peterson and Lindzon were recognized by Institutional Investor as one of the “super angels.” In 2012, they subsequently raised their second small micro-VC fund. With 80+ investments closed, Peterson manages the day-to-day business of Social Leverage and assists portfolio companies in need with operational and corporate development expertise. He has a strong fiduciary presence with experience as President & COO of NASDAQ (NTRL) prior to leading the privatization of the company.
He holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta and a MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State. When he is not spending time with portfolio companies, Tom enjoys traveling, skiing, hockey and hanging out with friends and family.
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