Cheryl Tom

Dollar Bay, Michigan, US

CEO, Founder at Vain Pursuits
Cheryl's Skills
Business Development
Fundraising
Marketing
Product Management
Technical
Background

About Cheryl

Cheryl served as Director, Front End Development for CrowdTwist, a top NYC startup and is a TechStars alumni. She was the founding engineer, employee #1, grew the company from 1-25 people, made it through a $6MM Series A and built the Montreal development team, racking up plenty of frequent flyer miles to HQ in NYC.

- Finalist for 2013 StartupFest stage pitch competition (1 of 12)
- Facebook prize + national finalist (USA) at AngelHack2 2012 (as tech and biz lead), a venture-focused hackathon, garnering interest from several American seed investors + an invitation to fbStart,
- 2nd place in a Google web app competition (as tech),
- Semi-finalist at AngelHack3 2012 (as tech and business lead) amongst a pool of over 1000 hackers in SF, Boston, Seattle, NYC.
- Won Lean Startup Machine Montreal 2012 - customer development and lean methodology competition - all business, no coding.

Women in Tech:
- 1 of 12 Canadian technology entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley for the TechWomen Canada program in May 2012. Worked closely with Canadian Trade Commissioners, gained access to the C100, Angels, VCs, and innumerable networking opportunities in the Valley and across Canada and the USA,
- Mentor for the Women in Leadership Foundation, Startup Weekend Montreal
- Advisor to a woman-led startup in Montreal.

Cheryl is a serial entrepreneur and has bootstrapped several businesses in retail, event management, manufacturing and technology. She thrives in high pressure situations and truly believes that nothing is impossible.

Her current passion project is to hand build a sustainable off-grid dome home. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Minor in Technological Entrepreneurship from McGill University.

Work Experience

Mentor

Various

March 2014 - December 2016