Tom Chi

Investigator | User Experience, Rapid Prototyping, Data Analysis

Role: Investigator

Site: CDL-Atlantic, CDL-Vancouver

Stream: Climate, Oceans

Tom Chi is the Founding Partner at At One Ventures based in San Francisco. At One Ventures focuses on backing early-stage startups that use deep technology to reduce planetary footprint. In his career, Tom has taken a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to Fortune 500 consultant to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and services.

Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and leadership that can jumpstart innovative ideas as well as has proven records in driving growth in large organizations. He most recently served as Head of Product Experience at Google X, where he led a team developing Google Glass and Google’s self-driving cars and contributed to filing 41 patents. Before that, he was the Senior Director of Product and User Experience at Yahoo, where he led a team of over 50 people and scaled Yahoo Answers’ user base from 0 to 90 million.

Tom holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. His current focus is delving into human development issues with social entrepreneurs around the globe, rebooting the fundamental frameworks of entrepreneurship, and teaching at select organizations.