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Tom Denison

About Me

Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, funding and founding tech and biotech startups. Tom has engaged with 200+ startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. Like many, his digital experience started out with a glamorous yet struggling internet startup but blossomed into strategy and business development with some of the most recognized digital powerhouses including a top tier affiliate network, a premier SEM firm and a world-renowned and award-winning full-service interactive agency. Unlike most, Tom spent time on the client side nurturing and growing a top 200 internet retailer leading to a $30 million exit and transitioning a B2B publishing company into the digital age. Today, Tom is Co-Founder and President of SmartHealth Activator, an accelerator for startups activating extraordinary biotechnology.

My blog posts

Braintree's Founder Talks About Paying $100 for Three Minutes of Your Time

Watch Bryan Johnson’s interview with Startup Grind Chicago and if you don’t like it, we'll give you $100. ​
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SG Chicago: How Kristi Ross Translated Options Trading into Millions through Dough Inc.

Ever heard of an Iron Condor? No -- not the animal, nor a statue.
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SG Chicago: From "Ultra Dull Business" to $1B Exit, The Fieldglass Story

Unlike many unicorns - companies with $1 billion exits - reported by the media, Fieldglass was not a few years in the making. The sale in 2014 to SAP for $1 billion occurred a decade and a half after Jai Shekhawat founded the company. Today, Fieldglass is one of the most recent and biggest success stories in the Chicago tech community. Startup Grind Chicago proudly hosted and learned from Jai this last month.
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