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.

Bob Boron

General Counsel·toronto

As General Counsel, Bob has responsibility for all legal and related matters at Thomvest. He has been outside counsel and a senior executive at small and larger operating companies, having had responsibility for M&A, corporate finance, commercial matters, governance, regulatory affairs and government relations. Bob worked for many years in the telecommunications sector, and he has helped lead numerous enterprises through the complexities of transactions, including corporate financings (private and public), share sales, asset sales and major regulatory proceedings.

Bob has a Biology and Geology degree from McGill University and Dalhousie University, and a J.D. from Dalhousie Law School.

Don Butler

Managing Director·sf

Don is a Managing Director at Thomvest Ventures.  His investments are focused on financial technology and marketing technology companies that leverage emerging and persistent data sources to better acquire and serve customers.  Much of Don’s work has focused on the combination of these traits to drive significantly better customer experiences.  His portfolio of investments spans many of the emerging next-generation leaders in financial services and marketing automation.

Together with the Thomvest team, Don’s investments in financial technology include Blend (NYSE: BLND), Carta, Credijusto, Figure, Kabbage (acquired by American Express), Ladder Life, LendingClub (NYSE: LC), LendUp, Orchard (acquired by Kabbage), PeerStreet, Ribbon, SoFi (NASDAQ: SOFI), Tala, Unqork, and Zendrive.  His investments in marketing technologies include DataXu (acquired by Roku), NetBase Quid, Singular, and Vungle (acquired by Blackstone).  Don’s prior investments reflect his earlier focus on data and cybersecurity and include Cylance (acquired by Blackberry), FlashSoft (acquired by SanDisk), GuardianEdge (acquired by Symantec), and Okena (acquired by Cisco).

With his focus on data, financial services, and cybersecurity, Don started the Thomvest Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Working Group.  This group includes current and former CROs from across the portfolio, and provides a bi-annual forum for CROs to discuss advances in risk analytics, anti-fraud technologies, and how borrower behavior is evolving over time.

Prior to Thomvest, Don helped lead the Japanese business development efforts for several startup companies in the data analysis and networking industries as part of his work with Asia Pacific Ventures.  Don’s work in business development gave him firsthand experience in driving the revenue growth of several of his clients.  Prior to doing business development for startups, Don 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.

Don is also a contributor to Forbes, where his writings are focused on fintech, martech, and the evolution of venture capital. Get in touch with Don at don@thomvest.com, and follow him on LinkedIn.


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, where he’s a Principal – focusing on cybersecurity and infrastructure, 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.

Connect with Ashish at ashish@thomvest.com, follow him on LinkedIn, and see his latest research on Medium.


Companies

Kip Knight

Operating Partner·sf

Kip Knight is the Operating Partner at Thomvest Ventures (a $500M evergreen fund based in San Francisco focused on Fintech, Cyber and Cloud Infrastructure).  He is a board member with NetbaseQuid (a leading consumer and marketing intelligence company). In addition, he’s the founder of CMO Coaches, working with with professionals who aspire to be a marketing leader.

A marketing leader himself, Kip started his career in marketing research at Burke Marketing Research in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Over the past 40 years, he has worked in over 60 countries around the world.  He spent 10 years in brand management at P&G, and worked for 10 years in PepsiCo’s international restaurant division in a variety of marketing and general management roles, including GM of North Latin America, as well as head of marketing for KFC International.  Kip also served as Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell.

Kip worked at eBay, where he was vice-president of marketing for North America. He was also responsible for managing eBay Canada. He was the first head of international marketing as well as serving as Regional Vice President for eBay International for Latin America, Australia and Taiwan.  Kip served as president of H&R Block, the world’s largest tax preparation company.  He was also head of their international and ex-pat businesses.

Kip is the founder of the USMCC (US Marketing Communication College), which has trained hundreds of diplomats at the US State Department on how to create effective communication strategies and programs. He’s the co-author of Crafting Persuasion: A Leader’s Handbook to Influence Minds and Change Behavior and author of Learn to Leap: How Leaders Turn Risk Into Opportunity, which will be published this Fall 2021.

He earned his B.S. degree from LSU in marketing and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati. He is married, has two sons, and is based in southern California.

Get in touch with Kip at kip@thomvest.com and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Companies

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 partnering with founders and CEOs of companies developing disruptive platforms solving key pain-points for CIO and CISOs . He currently serves as a Board Member at Avalanche Technology, Bolster, ShiftLeft, and Tactus Technology and Impinj(public) and as a Board Observer at Clari. He is also an investor in Baffle and Harness.

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), PA Semi (Private, Sold to Apple), and a Board Observer at ShieldX (Sold to Fortinet). He was also an investor of Thousand Eyes (Private, Sold to Cisco).

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 boards of Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Sutter Pacific Group.

If you are a visionary entrepreneur with a disruptive idea, solving pain-points in cloud infrastructure or cybersecurity, Umesh is reachable at umesh@thomvest.com, and you can also follow him on LinkedIn.


Andrew Pinkerton

Partner·toronto

Andrew Pinkerton is a Partner at Thomvest Asset Management in Toronto and is focused on private technology investments in Canada. Prior to joining Thomvest, Andrew was a Managing Partner with Export Development Canada’s Investment Team responsible for technology fund commitments and direct investments in private technology companies in Canada including 360insights, Clarius Mobile Health, Decisive Farming (sold to Telus), Influitive Corporation, Nuvei Corporation (TSX: NVEI), Rank Software (sold to Arctic Wolf Networks), and Interaxon.  Andrew joined EDC from GrowthWorks Capital where his investments included Camilion Solutions (sold to SAP); Perspecsys (sold to Blue Coat) and Terago Networks (TSX: TGO).

Prior to his venture capital career, Andrew worked at Toronto based workforce management software vendor Workbrain Corporation. He also worked in the technology investment banking groups of Credit Suisse First Boston and Alex. Brown & Sons Technology Group in San Francisco and Boston, respectively, where he worked on transactions in the software, communications and storage industries.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He and his wife live in Toronto with their three children.

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·Array

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.

Stephanie Robinson

Deputy General Counsel·toronto

Stephanie is Deputy General Counsel at Thomvest.  Previously she was Associate General Counsel & Managing Director at BMO Financial Group, where she and her team supported Global Corporate Banking for Capital Markets. Prior to joining BMO, Stephanie was an equity partner in the Financial Services Group of McMillan LLP. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (ACCFL) and an instructor in the Osgoode Hall Law School Professional LLM program in Financial Law. Stephanie graduated from Queen’s University and from the JD/MBA program at Osgoode Hall and Schulich School of Business. She is currently the Director of Governance on the Board of Directors of Girl Guides of Canada.

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 Ventures, focusing on investment opportunities across the real estate & financial technology verticals. He currently serves as a Board Observer at LoanSnap, a mortgage technology company, Wholesail, a B2B payments network, and Singular, a marketing attribution provider. He also spearheaded Thomvest’s investments in Ribbon, Tala, Blend, Mynd, Obie and PeerStreet. Nima was previously a Board Observer at Vungle (acquired by Blackstone in 2019) and DataXu (acquired by Roku in 2019).

In 2020, Nima was recognized as one of 25 Rising Stars of Fintech VC by Business Insider. He regularly publishes his research on the Thomvest Ventures blog, including residential and commercial real estate technology market maps which are released annually. The complete list of Nima’s articles is available here.

Prior to joining Thomvest, Nima worked as a management consultant advising technology 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, where he led product development efforts.

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

Connect with Nima at nima@thomvest.com, follow him on LinkedIn, and peruse his published research on Medium.


Lauren Weston

Associate·sf

Lauren is an Associate at Thomvest, focusing on early stage investments across financial technology and real estate verticals. She is responsible for sourcing new deals, evaluating investment opportunities, and supporting existing portfolio companies.

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.

In 2021, Lauren was recognized as an Emerging Leader in Venture Capital by HBCUvc. She is also a fellow in the inaugural On Deck Fintech fellowship program and an active member of All Raise, where she co-leads initiatives for women who are early in their venture capital careers.

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, and she received a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.

Get in touch with Lauren at lauren@thomvest.com, follow her on LinkedIn and Medium, for her research on Construction Market Map and other publications.