Full Interview with Thomas Clayton
Full Interview with Thomas Clayton
38 minutes 48 seconds
Tom's Backstory - His Entrepreneurial Journey
Tom's Backstory - His Entrepreneurial Journey
7 minutes 42 seconds
Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Listen
Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Listen
4 minutes 12 seconds
Balancing Family & A Billion Dollar Company
Balancing Family & A Billion Dollar Company
6 minutes 28 seconds
Running a Business and Preparing for the Worst
Running a Business and Preparing for the Worst
5 minutes 15 seconds
Entrepreneurs Follow the Rules... Never
Entrepreneurs Follow the Rules... Never
7 minutes 16 seconds
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Interview with Silicon Valley Veteran + Global Investor

Tom Clayton is a Silicon Valley veteran having started or worked at six different Valley startups.

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Prior to Bubble Motion, Tom was the GM of the Worldwide Telecom Business at BEA Systems, an infrastructure software company acquired by Oracle for $8.5B. Before BEA, Tom’s startups varied quite a bit, from another Sequoia Capital and Goldman Sachs backed networking software company, Bang Networks, to an e-commerce–focused systems integrator that was ultimately acquired, to a high-end audio manufacturer that is still a successful independent business today.

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He also worked as an economic policy consultant to The White House, where he drafted the U.S. High-Tech and Telecommunications Economic Stimulus Policy for building out nationwide ubiquitous broadband access. Tom is also on the Board of several venture-backed startups in Asia and Silicon Valley as well. Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to Tom’s professional career, he was a boxer and won the Bronze Medal at the U.S. National Championships.

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  • dcanonic

    Tom is a good example to new venture seekers such as myself. When you see what successful people have and can achieve it makes me excited to get started in my own venture.

  • good articles

  • Lindsay Jakubik

    Family always comes first and it must be tough to keep that a priority when you’re that successful! Sometimes people have to remember what they work for…. and usually it is for their family, so family should always come first.

  • Kendra Larson

    It is true, family is one of the most important things in your life. No matter what happens throughout your life, your family is always going to be there and it is important to keep them a part of your life as much as possible. Through peoples busy schedule, I know that it can be hard to make a balance between your family, school, work, and friends. However, we all need to make the effort to try and keep them a part of our lives. Whether it’s just taking an hour of your day to tell them how much you appreciate them or whether it’s telling them how much you value them, every little jesture helps. All you need is just a few minutes of your time. Thank you for sharing this article!

  • Elaminsj25

    Family is indeed very important. I always think about how my career will impact having the family that I want and desire. I’ve always thought that having an extremely successful career makes it nearly impossible to tend to your family needs and for that reason I’ve always said that I would be completely happy with just being comfortable. I don’t want to work long hours on a project or run a multi-million dollar business. Family is the most important thing to me.