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Tom Trowbridge

Tom Trowbridge

Formal First Name
Thomas (Tom)

Thomas Trowbridge is an entrepreneur and business builder, known as the Co-founder of Fluence Labs, a developer of decentralized computing protocol and programming language optimized for building, hosting and running peer-to-peer applications. Tom is also a Board Member of Stronghold Digital Mining, and was President of Hedera Hashgraph from inception, currently the most used distributed ledger with over 4 million transactions a day. Tom is passionate about driving education regarding blockchain, Bitcoin and the great promise of distributed systems. An advocate for decentralized systems and distributed ledger/blockchain technology, he believes that open-source tools provide the best opportunity to build fairer, more transparent, and higher-functioning societies, government, and business ecosystems. He started his career financing telecom and technology companies at Bear, Stearns & Co. and then began investing in early-stage technology companies at the private equity and venture capital firm Alta Communications. Today, Tom is focused on launching Fluence Labs and driving both adoption and awareness of the huge potential for this technology and its importance in the next wave of internet innovation.

Professional Experience


Academic History

FLUENCE

  • Fluence is designed to be the open source, community-managed, and self-sustaining protocol.

  • Fluence offers marketplace dynamics, higher reliability, and flexibility and scale.

  • The company is a developer of peer-to-peer software without reliance on proprietary cloud services.


HEDERA

  • As President, he drove the business from concept to main net launch with a $124 million capital raise at a $6 billion valuation.

  • He led a global team in 8 countries, over 500 companies building and testing the network and a groundbreaking corporate governance council.

  • He led the structuring, formation and recruitment of the initial governing council of Fortune 100 global companies including Google, LG, IBM, Deutsche Telekom, Nomura, DLA Piper and Tata.

  • He also ran the $124mm fundraise including a $20mm crowd sale, initiated discussions with three US regulatory bodies, led the listing process with top global exchanges and was the principal public face of the firm, speaking at over twenty conferences.


EARLY CAREER

  • Tom was a President of Singapore-headquartered Triterras, a blockchain-enabled fintech for trade finance.

  • He was Head of North American Marketing for Odey Asset Management, and Head of US Marketing at Lombard Odier.

  • He has been advising tech companies since 1996, when he started his career as an investment banker at Bear Stearns.


MEDIA & APPEARANCES

  • Tom conducts speeches around the world on the topics of digital currency, blockchain regulation, and governance design.

  • He regularly speaks at conferences and advises break-through projects that have leading technology, a passionate team and solve an important problem.