Thomas brings more than 10 years of experience from Europe and APAC. While in Europe, he completed his PhD and worked extensively as consultant and advisor for multiple European organisations. He moved to Australia in 2013 to work on the application of data and digital solutions for Australia’s leading innovation agency. Later he joined a Top-tier management consulting firm before moving to the Venture Capital industry in mid-2020.
Outside of work you can find me at?
It won’t be hard to be honest. I would first try my crossfit box (my form of meditation). I would then try a restaurant in the CBD or Surry Hills usually having dinner amongst my beloved ones. Centennial park is another place I spend time at, pretending to train for triathlons. If none of the above work I will probably be travelling.
What are you most proud of?
My family and my friends.
Best thing about startups?
Open the door to create something unique, innovate and impact the world. It has never been so easy to build extraordinary things in the course of humankind.
Top piece of advice for founders?
I don’t feel comfortable advising people I don’t know well.
What do I look for in a startup?
A great reason to believe this will become huge. Reason can be the founders, the product, the business plan… anything. But the belief should be deep.
What do I look for in a founder?
Quality thinking and execution. I am in awe of founders whose thinking is like a piece of art and their execution is meticulous. I can’t stand laziness and arrogance.
Two truths and a lie?
- I’ve been in politics back in Greece
- I’ve been the lead singer of a famous band back in Greece
- I’ve finished a 71km triathlon after being awake for 36 hrs straight
Favourite Quote + why?
It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.
Nickname and why?
TV – my initials. Had other nicknames in highschool but are inappropriate for the public domain
Top 3 podcasts or books?
- How I built this – Podcast
- The last lecture – book
- If this is a man – Primo Levi
Where do you go to learn?
To my friends, to the past and to the future
Who Inspires you?
The Aegean blue and its memories.
Favourite Brand/startup and why?
Apple while Steve Job was at the helm
What is your superpower?
My energy and my passion