Peter Thomson

Chairman and Founder·toronto

Peter J. Thomson is a Director of Thomson Reuters Corporation and the Chairman and Founder of Thomvest. Peter founded Thomvest in 1996 based on his enthusiasm for technology and its increasing impact on our lives. Peter sets the investment strategy and direction for the Firm and is committed to helping entrepreneurs build industry-leading companies in large and growing markets. Peter is also the source of capital for the Firm.

Prior to founding Thomvest, Peter worked on three continents for subsidiaries of The Woodbridge Company of Toronto, during which he gained a broad range of operational and strategic experience. Peter currently serves as the Co-Chairman of The Woodbridge Company. In addition to his work with Thomson Reuters, The Woodbridge Company, and Thomvest, Peter owns a rally racing team, Thomson Motor Sport, for which he has won a number of titles as a competitive rally racer.

Eddie Ackerman

Head of Financial Analysis·sf

Eddie Ackerman is the Head of Financial Analysis at Thomvest, where he supports portfolio companies on financial and operational matters as well as helps evaluate new investment opportunities across the firms verticals.

Prior to Thomvest, Eddie was the 7th employee at Encino Energy and served on the Strategic & Corporate Finance team where he led financial acquisition analysis, corporate forecasting and financial LP reporting. Additionally, Eddie was head of Commodity Sales where he negotiated commodity sales agreements and worked on hedging strategies. Eddie started his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank where he focused on equity and debt financing for exploration and production companies. Eddie has a BBA with High Honors in Finance and Accounting from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Don Butler

Managing Director·sf

Don is Managing Director of Thomvest Ventures, and works with entrepreneurs in the areas of financial technology and marketing technology.  Together with the Thomvest team, Don’s investments in financial services include Credijusto, Figure, Kabbage, Ladder Life, LendingClub (NYSE: LC), LendUp, Orchard (acquired by Kabbage), PeerStreet, Ribbon, SoFi, Tala, and Zendrive.  His investments in marketing technologies include DataXu (acquired by Roku), NetBase, Singular, and Vungle (acquired by Blackstone).  Don’s prior investments also included Cylance (acquired by Blackberry), FlashSoft (acquired by SanDisk), GuardianEdge (acquired by Symantec), and Okena (acquired by Cisco).

Prior to Thomvest, Don helped lead the Asian business development efforts for several startup companies in the data analysis and networking industries as part of his work with Asia Pacific Ventures. He also spent three years as an Analyst with Lehman Brothers, where he worked with clients in the software and semiconductor industries. Don received a B.A. in Chinese from UCLA and M.A.s in both East Asian Studies and Political Science from Stanford University.


Harold DeGraff

Managing Director·dallas

Harold is Managing Director of Thomvest Properties and is responsible for developing and executing the fund’s investment strategies. Prior to Thomvest Properties, Harold established a real estate investment fund that acquired a portfolio of single-family rental homes and related assets across the United States. Harold, along with a team of dedicated professionals, continues to lead the operation and growth of the portfolio.

Harold also practiced law in Silicon Valley for twenty years where he worked with entrepreneurs and investors in a variety of industries. Harold received a B.S from the United States Military Academy (with distinction), an M.S. from Stanford University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School (cum laude) where he received the Nadler Award for outstanding work in corporate law.

Amrit Dhillon

Senior Associate·toronto

Amrit Dhillon is a Senior Associate in Thomvest Asset Management’s Toronto office, focusing primarily on direct investments and allocations to third-party managers. Amrit is responsible for sourcing and executing direct venture, private equity and private credit investments. He also sources and conducts due diligence on third-party managers as part of Thomvest Asset Management’s broader asset allocation.

Prior to joining Thomvest, Amrit was a member of Scotiabank’s Financial Sponsors & Infrastructure Investment Banking group, where he focused on equity and debt financings as well as M&A transactions. Amrit received a J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from McMaster University.

Haley Edwards

Assistant Controller·toronto

Haley works as the Assistant Controller for Thomvest Asset Management. She is specifically focused on cash management and also performs full cycle accounting for various types of entities within the group.

Prior to joining Thomvest, Haley gained experience in the Non Profit sector and was an accountant/auditor at Crowe Soberman LLP, a mid-size accounting firm in Midtown. She holds a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Western Ontario, as well as the CPA designation.

Haley is a dog lover and enjoys going on long walks with her miniature dachshund, Penelope.

Eve Espinueva

Operations Manager·sf

Eve Espinueva is the Operations Manager at Thomvest Ventures in charge of our San Francisco office. Her responsibilities include management of the office for the West Coast team as well as planning and executing networking events.

Prior to joining Thomvest, Eve worked for nonprofit organizations in the education, social services, and environmental care sectors, leveraging her extensive experience and expertise in database management, operations, and event planning at the firms.

Eve holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration, and is a certified yoga teacher and Ayurveda counselor. She resides in San Francisco with her semi-famous dog, Kit.  A plant enthusiast, she continues to volunteer her time and expertise to charities, and explore the great California outdoors.

Chathurika Jayakody

Accountant·toronto

Chathurika is an Accountant at Thomvest, focusing primarily on corporate accounting. Prior to joining Thomvest, Chathurika worked as an external auditor at Ernst& Young in Qatar.

She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Ashish Kakran

Principal·sf

Ashish has always been passionate about technology. Prior to joining Thomvest, Ashish supported founders in the cloud infrastructure space at Engineering Capital with product inputs, follow-on financing, and customer introductions through a CIO Forum he built from scratch. His journey in venture capital started with internships at BGV and Canaan Partners.

Ashish’s past experience includes spending over 3 years at AppNeta, a Bain Capital-backed startup where he managed TraceView, a distributed-transaction-tracing product that was acquired by SolarWinds in 2016. He also founded TwtPulse and was a founding engineer at eJonesPulse, which used prediction market mechanics for sentiment analysis for customers like the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Having been a part of startups, ones that were successful and ones that were not, he has developed an eye for finding the combinations of problems, teams, and cultures that help companies be successful.

Outside of work, he enjoys building and nurturing communities, and often bring people together with fun picnics and small lunches/dinners for thought-provoking conversations. At EVCA, a 500+ member community of pre-Partner VCs, he has led the Enterprise Infrastructure vertical while also serving as the President of the IIT Guwahati Bay Area Alumni group and member of the Executive Committee for PanIIT USA. Ashish has a BS in Computer Science from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kip Knight

Operating Partner·sf

Kip Knight is an Operating Partner at Thomvest, where he helps market Thomvest to our target audience as well as advise portfolio companies on marketing best practices. In addition, Kip focuses on investments in MarTech for Thomvest and is a Board member at Netbase Quid.

Kip has gained extensive business experience during his career, having worked in over 60 countries around the world. He started his career at P&G in brand management. He served as CMO at Taco Bell and VP of marketing at eBay.

He has held a number of senior executive roles, including general manager positions at PepsiCo and eBay. He was president of H&R Block US as well as president of H&R Block International. Kip is the founder of the U.S. Marketing Communication College, where he teaches communication strategy to diplomats and executives in the U.S. government. He is the co-author of “Crafting Persuasion: A Leader’s Handbook to Change Minds and Influence Behavior.” He earned his B.S. degree from LSU in marketing and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Yutong Li

Accountant·toronto

Yutong works for Thomvest Asset Management as an Accountant/Analyst, where she performs full cycle accounting for various types of entities within the group, as well as maintains various reports that track investment performance.

Prior to joining Thomvest, Yutong gained experience in the manufacturing and hospitality industries, where she supported the financial reporting function and delivered financial analysis and metrics to management.

Yutong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Studies – Specialized in Finance and Accounting from Western University. She obtained her CPA designation in 2015 and is currently working towards the CFA designation. She is a dog/cat lover, and currently has two adorable cats.

Umesh Padval

Venture Partner·sf

Umesh is a Venture Partner at Thomvest Ventures focused on investments in the cybersecurity and cloud infrastructure sectors and working closely with founders and CEOs developing disruptive platform solutions. He currently serves as a Board Member at Avalanche Technology, Bolster, ShiftLeft, and Tactus Technology, and as a Board Observer at Clari and ShieldX. He is also an investor in Baffle and ThousandEyes.

Prior to joining Thomvest, Umesh was a successful entrepreneur, investor and CEO of a public company. He most recently worked for over 8 years at Bessemer Venture Partners in their Menlo Park offices. Prior to Bessemer, he was an Executive Vice President at LSI after its acquisition of a public video infrastructure and distribution company in C-Cube Microsystems, where he served as President and CEO. Umesh has served on over 30 public and private company boards, bringing extensive operating experience and skill set valued by CEOs and founders.

Previously he was a Board Member at Mellanox (Public, Sold to Nvidia), Integrated Device Technology (Public, Sold to Renasas), Lastline (Private, Sold to VMware),Blue Willow Systems (Private, Sold to Philips), Avnera (Private, Sold to Skyworks), Skyhigh Networks (Private, Sold to McAfee), C-Cube Microsystems (Public, Sold to LSI), Entropic Communications (Public, Sold to Maxlinear), Silicon Image (Public, Sold to Lattice), Elantec (Public, Sold to Intersil), Berkeley Design Automation (Private, Sold to Mentor Graphics), Monolithic Power Systems (Public), Tilera (Private, Sold to EZchip) and PA Semi (Private, Sold to Apple).

Umesh holds a Bachelor’s in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and a Master’s in Engineering from Stanford University. He has served on several advisory boards at Stanford University and currently serves on the board of Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Sutter Pacific Group.


Kate Royer

Director, Legal·toronto

Kate is Director, Legal at Thomvest where she oversees legal and compliance matters. Kate works closely with the investment team and its portfolio companies, providing legal guidance on the firm’s investment activities, operations and strategic initiatives. Previously, Kate practiced law with a large national law firm where she worked on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance matters and venture capital transactions. Kate received her J.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Eugene Siklos

President·toronto

Eugene is the President of Thomvest Asset Management. Previously, he was Head of Investments at Export Development Canada (EDC). During his time there, EDC doubled in size to over C$2 billion in capital committed to its fund and direct investments in the private equity and venture capital segments, while achieving both market returns and mandate objectives.

Prior to that, he was a Managing Partner at Canterbury Park Capital, a Canadian private equity firm that had $170M in committed capital. Earlier in his career, Eugene was for many years an investment banker, mostly at Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York.

Eugene has a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife live in Toronto with their three children.

Yvonne Verheij

Controller·toronto

Yvonne works as the Controller for Thomvest Asset Management in our Toronto office. She started with Thomvest in 1998, and has managed the growth of the accounting and finance team to four employees. She is involved in many operational aspects of Thomvest, as well as the tax planning and compliance function.

Prior to joining Thomvest, Yvonne worked as an accountant at Arthur Andersen and a small CPA firm. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce from the University of Toronto, as well as the CPA, CGA (Ontario) designation. She is a lifelong cat lover, and enjoys lounging and playing with her two young rescue cats, Willow and Clover.

Ruina Wang

Controller·dallas

Ruina is Controller of Thomvest Properties and manages the finance, accounting, and administration of the fund.  She has extensive experience working with investors and businesses in a variety of industries and, prior to Thomvest Properties, she worked at Goldman Sachs and KPMG.  Ruina is a CPA and has an M.S. from Lehigh University and a B.A. from Shenzhen University.

Nima Wedlake

Principal·sf

Nima Wedlake is a Principal at Thomvest, focusing on investment opportunities across the real estate & financial technology verticals. He joined Thomvest as an Associate in 2016. He currently serves as a Board Observer at LoanSnap, Singular and Wholesail, and was previously a Board Observer at Vungle (acquired by Blackstone) and DataXu (acquired by Roku). Nima regularly publishes his research on the Thomvest Ventures blog, which can be read here. In 2020, Nima was recognized as one of 25 Rising Stars of Fintech VC by Business Insider.

Prior to joining Thomvest, Nima worked as a management consultant advising clients on issues related to go-to-market strategy with the firm ZS Associates. He was also on the founding team at Sponge, a venture-backed customer engagement platform, which was acquired by Kurtosys in 2012.

Nima is originally from the Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied Business Administration and Operations Research.


Lauren Weston

Associate·sf

Lauren is an Associate at Thomvest, focusing on early stage investments across financial technology and real estate verticals.

Prior to Thomvest, Lauren worked in Equity Research at Morgan Stanley, where she covered residential and commercial real estate companies and focused on the impact of technology across real estate sectors. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley, where she worked on debt and equity financings for asset managers, insurance companies and large financial institutions.

Lauren sits on the Junior Board of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to closing the educational achievement gap. Lauren received a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.