Hello! My name is Tom Kemp, and I live with my wife and kids and dog Chloe in Menlo Park, 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 doing stuff like non-profit work with an organization that helps bridge the educational opportunity gap with low income and minority kids. I also coached various girls’ fastpitch softball teams, but have hung up my glove. I also have been investing my own personal money in seed stage companies. You can check out my website for that at KempAuVentures.com.
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). All my analysis of GDPR, CCPA and CPRA in this blog were done well before I volunteered for any political campaign and even before the proposal for CPRA even made it on the ballot as a Proposition. My ideas for possible State legislation were proposed in December of 2020, when I was not affiliated with any companies or had done any seed investing.