GTF 2022 INVESTORS
Partner, 1Flourish Capital
A Silicon Valley native, Tom Tognoli is a partner at 1Flourish Capital targeting investments in fast growth, technology enabled, early stage startups led by management who demonstrate high character and are committed to building a high performing culture (transparency, integrity, compassion, forgiveness) focused company.
Tom is also an active real estate developer, investor and advisor. Prior to becoming a partner at 1Flourish Capital, Tom co-founded Intero in 2002 and built it into the largest real estate company in Silicon Valley; and one of the top real estate companies in the United States, doing in excess of $12 billion in annual sales volume at the time of his departure. Tom and his partners sold Intero to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in April 2014. Tom, an enigmatic powerhouse personality, continued on as CEO of Intero after the acquisition until his departure from the company in April of 2019.
Tom is a passionate entrepreneur with expertise in leadership, building healthy teams and cultures and human behavior & performance.
Tom is a dedicated man of faith with a no-nonsense attitude and authentic approach to both business and life. From his inspirational weekly blog, with over 20,000 followers, sharing insights on the keys to business and life success, to his positive message of encouragement for all generations, Tom is committed to helping individuals and organizations succeed. He is a graduate and Distinguished Alumnus of CSU Chico. Tom resides in his hometown of Sunnyvale, California with his wife of nearly 30 years, Lynn. They are the proud parents of two young men, Tommy & Nick.
At the time of his departure from Intero Tom also completed his role as Chairman of the Intero Foundation which he and his partners also founded. During Tom’s tenure, The Intero Foundation raised over $5 million to help at-risk youth and the elderly.
President, MFS Lease
Darryll Schoen is the Founder & President of Manufacturers Financing Leasing Service, which, since the early 1990’s has promoted equipment sales, especially in robotics and other manufacturing equipment by providing custom tailored, quick turnaround financing.
Josh David Miller (JDM)
Founder, The Right Box
JDM is a startup strategist who’s helped founders and innovators launch or grow 100+ products. They call him “the shredder of business models”. He likes to say he’s an instigator on a quixotic quest to fix entrepreneurship by challenging how innovators think. His superpower is finding the right next question to ask to create focus, clarity, and potency. That’s the shredding of which they speak. Because traction isn’t found in the marketplace, but in founder behaviour.
JDM uses that superpower to help innovators change the way they think, so they can go to market and find traction quickly. Or, at least, fail fast trying. And, to be honest, that’s a pretty good outcome, too.
Co-Founder, Fourth Wave
Chief Executive Officer, The Ladders
David is an experienced entrepreneur with executive and founding impact in leading SaaS, ad-technology and consumer companies. Prior to Ladders, he was an executive at Shopkick, Criteo (IPO) and a Founder of Miniclip America, GoFish Entertainment (IPO) and SlingShot Media (Mandalay Entertainment). Previously, David served in key leadership and management roles within Yahoo!, Miller Brewing Company and Gallo Sales Company.
David has had a dynamic career in building and managing world class sales and marketing organizations. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business, management, and marketing from California State University, Chico.