Hello! My name is Tom Kemp, and I live with my wife and kids and dog Chloe in Palo Alto, CA. I will be using this blog to explore privacy, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship and what other topics that may be of interest to me.
A bit of background on me: after growing up in Michigan and going to the University of Michigan — I majored in Computer Science and also in History — I have lived and worked in the Bay Area for 30 years now. I started my career out of college at Oracle. I was later part of the founding team that started up the software company NetIQ that went public in 1999. I also worked for a short time at a leading Venture Capital (VC) firm as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) before co-founding and being CEO of Centrify, a leading cybersecurity software and cloud services firm.
At Centrify we grew to over $125m in annual revenue with over 5000 customers (including over half the Fortune 50), and as CEO I led a team of over 500 great professionals. We also raised over $90 million from VCs and strategic investors. For my work at Centrify I was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award Finalist in Northern California. In 2018 I led Centrify through a successful acquisition by the Private Equity firm Thoma Bravo. You can read my business bio on LinkedIn or follow me at Twitter at @tomkemp00.
After selling Centrify, I have been taking time off and keeping surprisingly busy doing stuff like non-profit work with an organization that helps bridge the educational opportunity gap with low income and minority kids, coaching both youth and high school softball and also trying to be helpful to startup CEOs by giving free advice (and yes they get what they pay for).
In the 2020 election cycle I was part of a cybersecurity policy committee for a Federal candidate and also volunteered for a California State Proposition (Prop 24). Specific to Prop 24, all my analysis of privacy laws in this blog was done well before I volunteered and even before the proposal even became a Proposition.