About Tom

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 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 team that created the software company NetIQ and helped to take it public. I also worked for a short time at a 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. I helped to grow Centrify to over $100m in annual revenue with over 5000 customers (including over half the Fortune 50). We raised over $90m from VCs and strategic investors, so I have gotten some good exposure to VCs and Silicon Valley in general. 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 and the subsequent spin-out of Idaptive from Centrify. You can read my business bio on LinkedIn or follow me at Twitter at @tomkemp00.

After selling Centrify in late 2018, I have been taking time off and keeping surprisingly busy doing some misc. non-profit work, coaching softball and being helpful to startup CEOs and VCs by giving free advice (and yes they get what they pay for). Maybe in the end this blog can help me figure out what I should do when I grow up.