Thomas Ball

General Partner

Thomas Ball joined Austin Ventures in 2005 and serves as General Partner. Tom's investment focus is on early-stage information technology companies, with a primary focus on Internet, software, and technology-enabled business and consumer services. Before joining AV, Tom was an entrepreneur who founded a number of successful companies, including Openfield Technologies, which merged with Razorgator Interactive Group, where Tom was CEO, and eCoupons, where he was also CEO until the sale of the company to Lifeminders (NASDAQ: LFMN).

He received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BS in Finance from the University of Florida. Tom is also an active participant in the Austin community where he serves on the Boards of Directors for the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas, the local PBS affiliate, KLRU, and the Busby Foundation, which provides support for families of persons afflicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Active Network

NYSE: ACTV

Active Network is the largest and most comprehensive Internet site for participatory sports, providing athletes and event directors worldwide with a range of web-based resources and services. The company was started by athletes in search of a better way to handle the search and registration process for competing in sporting events.

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Adometry

Online advertising analytics

Adometry, Inc. redefines marketing analytics by combining and interpreting previously silo-ed sources of big data to generate actions that improve return on advertising spend and increase sales.

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Bazaarvoice

NASDAQ: BV

Bazaarvoice is one of the world's largest shopper networks connecting people, products, brands and retailers at each stage of the buying journey. For more than 2,000 clients globally, Bazaarvoice helps channel authentic, consumer-generated branded content into all the places that influence purchase decisions, giving our clients business insights so they can offer consumers more of what they want. Many of the world's largest retailers rely upon Bazaarvoice to drive more traffic to and conversion on their ecommerce sites, and the Bazaarvoice network helps brands participate directly in the retail channel to influence consumers at the point of purchase. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Bazaarvoice has offices in Amsterdam, London, Munich, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Stockholm and Sydney.

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Boundless Network

Technology-enabled service provider in promo products industry

Boundless Network is transforming the $20 billion promotional marketing industry through a highly trained, professional sales organization and proprietary technology that empowers companies to proactively manage their promotional spend. Our patent-pending technology platform connects buyers across organizations to create efficiencies of scale and reduce the cost of branded merchandise by as much as 40 percent.

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Convio

NASDAQ IPO 2010; Acq by Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB)

Convio is a provider of software and services to help nonprofits use the Internet strategically to build strong relationships with constituents for driving fundraising, advocacy and other forms of support. Convio has online solutions for fundraising and membership, advocacy, special events, volunteer fundraising, Web site management and email communications.

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CrunchFund

Early-stage venture investing

CrunchFund is an early stage venture capital firm founded by Michael Arrington, Patrick Gallagher, and MG Siegler. The fund invests in and works with information technology companies at any stage but is primarily focused on seed and early stage investments.

The firm raised its inaugural $20 million fund in September of 2011. Investors in CrunchFund include AOL, Accel Partners, Austin Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Sequoia Capital, the founding partners of Andreessen Horowitz, each of the general partners of Benchmark Capital, Ron Conway, Yuri Milner, Brad Garlinghouse & Kevin Rose.

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Donuts

Internet domain name registry

Donuts is a domain name registry bringing variety and choice to Internet naming. The company was founded by long-standing industry executives with experience in registry and registrar operations and industry regulation, and who have successfully launched top-level domains (TLDs), built industry-leading companies, and brought value and choice to the domain name marketplace.

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Food on the Table

Online meal planning, recipe, and grocery shopping tool

Food on the Table is revolutionizing the way families shop and cook by using next generation technology to take the stress out of everyday dinnertime. The web and mobile service takes a family's preferences and the sales at local grocery stores to create a customized meal plan and organized grocery list.

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Gazzang

The Big Data Security Experts

Gazzang provides data security solutions and expertise to help enterprises protect sensitive information and maintain performance in big data and cloud environments. Innovative and market-leading organizations like MetLife, Western Union, Intel, 3M, Nike, Spirit Airlines and others turn to Gazzang to secure their big data initiatives and drive compliance. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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Innography

Cloud-based business intelligence solution

Innography enables organizations of all types and sizes to achieve optimal return on their IP investments. Innography's proprietary suite of products combines unique correlation and visualization technologies to seamlessly integrate patent data with financial, litigation, market and other key business information.

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Jigsaw Data Corporation

Acquired by Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM)

Jigsaw Data Corp. is an online marketplace where members buy, sell and trade business contacts and company information. Jigsaw's directory of business contacts is a resource for business information that can be used to identify key decision makers and build prospect lists for lead generation, direct marketing and recruiting.

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myDocket

Sales and marketing collateral that actually sells

Salespeople email a ton of stuff to customers.  But it's a guessing game as to whether - or even if - the stuff is read.  Sales teams use myDocket to understand customers' interest and intent by learning when they view with their collateral & who is most engaged in their deals. myDocket replaces cumbersome email attachments with beautiful, personalized content galleries for each opportunity and then sends real-time alerts whenever that content is accessed.   

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NewComLink

Point-of-sale credit marketplace platform

Based in Austin, Texas, NewComLink is transforming the way consumers access financing at the point of need, beginning with retail credit.

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NileGuide

Acquired by Travora Media
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OutboundEngine

SMB online marketing program services and software

OutboundEngine provides a hands-free marketing platform that puts your marketing on autopilot. Our SaaS-based platform delivers industry-focused content via email and social media on your behalf. With OutboundEngine, independent professionals and small businesses have access to a combination of technology and a team that produces personalized marketing to reach your specific audience.

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Pluck

Acquired by Demand Media (NYSE: DMD)

Pluck is developing the next generation of Internet search, information presentation, and personalized content syndication. It provides a Web Information Management Application that integrates multiple web productivity tools to simplify and improve how users consume, control and create web information. Pluck's publishing paradigm uses a hosted web server that allows consolidation of information into a single interface.

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Powered

Acquired by Dachis Group
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RetailMeNot

NASDAQ: SALE

RetailMeNot, Inc is the world's leading marketplace for online coupons and deals. The company's websites enable consumers seeking to save money to find hundreds of thousands of offers from retailers across the globe.

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SGN

Online/mobile social gaming

SGN represents the next generation of social game development. SGN's proprietary and patent-pending technology process, MasterKey, allows a game to be built once and seamlessly distributed to all platforms, including: Facebook, iOS, Android, and Amazon. Through its three-prong strategy of social, mobile, and web games, SGN reaches players wherever they choose to play. SGN is responsible for more than twelve top ten titles on the iTunes App Store and three #1 titles on the Amazon App Store.

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Silvercar

Next generation travel company in rental car industry

With a mission to reimagine the airport car rental experience, Silvercar launched its first operation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in January 2013. Silvercar offers a single make-and-model combination - the 2013 Audi A4 (in silver, of course) - using Web, wireless and mobile technologies to eliminate the friction points in the car rental process. An ever-increasing set of custom settings in a traveler's Silvercar profile allows a personalized experience to follow renters from car to car.

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Spiceworks

The vertical network for IT professionals

Spiceworks™ is the vertical network that connects 2.5 million IT professionals with more than 1,800 technology vendors looking to reach them. The company combines free IT inventory, help desk and cloud management software with the world's largest IT community to help IT professionals simplify how they discover, buy and manage technology products and services. Technology marketers rely on Spiceworks' marketing programs and offerings to reach engaged, qualified IT buyers who spend more than $440 billion in new products and services each year. In just seven years, Spiceworks has become the place "where IT goes to work."

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TrueAbility™

Technology Skills, Proven

TrueAbility helps technical professionals prove their technical acumen through real life scenarios, delivering objective, easy-to-use skills data to hiring companies. By assessing a job candidate’s technical skills in a live server environment--from anywhere in the world, employers source and hire only the best technical talent.  

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