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Amazing things Tom's made
I started my first business while in college. The main inspiration: I was not good at taking exams. So I developed software to help with test prep! It was a lot of work to create it – it was in the early 1990s and the Internet was a few years away – but the challenge was invigorating. I was able to get some great customers and then funding.
Then once the Internet got going, I switched gears. I co-founded WebIPO, which was one of the first sites for the emerging market for public offerings. It got lots of attention and I even wrote a book on the topic, called Investing In IPOs. As things heated up, we sold the company to DirectIPO.
After this, I helped to start a web platform called Hypermart.net. It allowed people to easily create their own websites – for free. This was back in the late 1990s. So yes, there was lots of interest in the site and we eventually sold it to InfoSpace.com.
Since then, I’ve been involved in various ventures and have taken board seats. I have also continued to