Tom Furlong joined Granite Ventures in July 2000, after a successful career in Silicon Valley that most recently saw him as Vice President and General Counsel at Zhone Technologies, a communications equipment provider.
Prior to Zhone, Tom was a partner with the leading emerging growth company law firm of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, where he spent 13 years counseling technology companies, venture capitalists and investment banks. His clients included Adobe, Applied Signal, Ascend Communications, Datapath, Network General, Silicon Spice, SynOptics, Vantive, and Visigenic. While at Gray Cary, Tom was also a manager of their investment partnerships and sponsored several profitable investments.
Tom began working with Granite Ventures in 1988 and worked closely with Adobe Ventures. His many years spent working with a wide variety of technology companies gives him a diverse industry network and makes him a strong and trusted advisor to his portfolio companies. He focuses his investments in software. Tom currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Aspen Avionics, GoingOn Networks, Indicee, Mixamo and Skytide. Prior investments include Biz360 (acquired by Attensity), Digital Fountain (acquired by QualComm), Five Across (acquired by Cisco), Kinecta (acquired by Stellent), and TuVox (acquired by West Interactive). Tom holds a B.A. in economics and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Northwestern University.