Tom Byers is a professor at Stanford University where he focuses on technology and high-growth entrepreneurship education. He is founder and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center for the engineering school. STVP includes the Mayfield Fellows work/study program, Entrepreneurship Corner website of videos and podcasts, and a set of global Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education conferences for educators. Tom is co-author of a leading entrepreneurship textbook called "Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise" published by McGraw-Hill.
At Stanford, he is the chairman of the Committee for Undergraduate Standards and Policies (C-USP). He is an affiliated faculty member of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford. Tom is a faculty director of the TechAmerica/Stanford Executive Institute, a general management program for technology executives. Tom has also been a visiting professor at the UAE's Higher Colleges of Technology, London Business School, and University College London.
Tom currently serves on the governing boards of Flywheel Ventures and MyThings. In addition, he has served on advisory councils of the World Economic Forum regarding entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School's Global Advisors and California Research Center, UC Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Conservation International, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to disadvantaged youth. Before joining Stanford, Tom worked in Silicon Valley for over a decade including executive vice president and general manager of Symantec Corporation during its early years. Tom started his professional career at Accenture.
For his efforts at Stanford, Tom holds endowed chairs in engineering regarding entrepreneurship education and another known as the McCoy University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Tom has received Stanford's Gores Award for excellence in teaching (the university's highest award) and its Tau Beta Pi Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching (the engineering school's highest award). In 2009, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) awarded Tom and Tina Seelig its Gordon Prize, which is the profession's highest honor recognizing innovation in engineering and technology education. He is a member of the Hall of Fame at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
He is also the recipient of several other national teaching awards including the Olympus Innovation Award from the NCIIA, the ASEE Kauffman Award for excellence in engineering and technology entrepreneurship education, the USASBE Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award, the Academy of Management's Innovation in Entrepreneurship Teaching Award, and the Leavey Award for excellence in private enterprise education. Earlier, STVP was named the NASDAQ Entrepreneurship Center of the Year and Tom was named Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year in Ernst & Young's competition.
Tom holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He also earned a PhD in Business Administration (Management Science) at UC Berkeley.
Related Links: stvp.stanford.edu
Last Updated: Tue, Aug 10, 2010
|Video||Difference Between an Idea and an Opportunity||Tom Byers||STVP||01:30||01/2006|
|Video||Why do Ventures Require Dynamic Leaders?||Tom Byers||STVP||03:22||01/2006|
|Video||Role of Context in High-Tech Venturing||Tom Byers||STVP||01:33||01/2006|
|Video||Market Positioning and the Importance of Partnerships||Tom Byers||STVP||04:11||01/2006|
|Video||Purpose of a Business Plan||Tom Byers||STVP||01:09||01/2006|
|Video||Importance of Cash Flow||Tom Byers||STVP||03:02||01/2006|
|Video||What are the Essentials of the Venture Finance Process?||Tom Byers||STVP||02:55||01/2006|
|Video||Characteristics of Entrepreneurs||Tom Byers||STVP||01:09||01/2006|
|Video||Role of Ethics in High-Tech Entrepreneurship||Tom Byers||STVP||03:27||01/2006|
|Podcast||Ten Enduring Success Factors for High Technology Entrepreneurship||Tom Byers||STVP||52:57||01/2006|
|Video||Comparing and Contrasting Entrepreneurship Programs||Tom Byers||REE||22:47||10/2001|
|Podcast||The Role of Entrepreneurship in Solving World Problems||Tom Byers · Brook Byers · Kavita Ramdas · Paul Yock · Jeff Koseff · KR Sridhar · Chip Blacker · John Hennessy||eWeek Panel Discussion||01:22:44||02/2007|
|Textbook||Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise, 2nd ed.||Tom Byers · Richard C. Dorf||McGraw-Hill||670 pages||10/2006|