Tim is a Partner at Startup Capital Ventures, a Palo Alto based Venture Capital company with a significant Hawai`i interest. He previously founded Hawaii Superferry, a company that has brought energy-efficient inter-island vehicle ferry service to Hawaii. A serial entrepreneur, Tim was co-founded Grassroots.com, the first political web technology company in 1999. In 1995, he founded WorldPages.com, the internet’s first white & yellow pages, which went public and is now part of British Telecom.
Previously, Tim was a principal at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he led CEO-level strategy consulting work in high-technology, transportation, and energy industries. Tim was previously an electrical engineer at Beckman Instruments, where he developed the first electronic speech synthesizer for use in intensive care units, and the world’s first medical & scientific instrument-on-a-chip.
Tim holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine where he founded the UCI Cycling Team.
He serves or has served as chairman, board member or advisor to numerous companies including Dali Wireless, Silvertail Systems, Hawaii Superferry, Grassroots.com, Accept.com (acquired by Amazon), Affinity Engines and WorldPages (NYSE: WPZ).
A believer in social responsibility, he has an energy conservation foundation – usehalf.org Tim co-founded TRUSTe.org which has become the internet’s privacy standard and is a founding Board Member of Reef Check Hawaii and is an active member of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association.
Tim was born in England to parents who instilled simple values for which he thanks them enormously. In his spare moments, he enjoys sailing, spending time with his family, and traveling. He claims the only items he could not live without are his passport, Mac, and bicycle.