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Cloud Entrepreneurs Meet Up

Get together with other cloud-related entrepreneurs for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire a cloud-related expert for your company.


Gary Thompson Co-Founder & CEO CLOUD Inc

Gary brings almost twenty-five years of experience in business development and strategic leadership with emerging growth and leading global technology companies to the work of CLOUD on a new Internet.

His core passion and mission is “to unleash the power of people. To allow all to dream; to allow all to harness their dreams; and to collect the power of those dreams to transform lives and society.” That personal mission is the foundation behind CLOUD - Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data.

Prior to CLOUD, Gary was most recently a member of the founding team and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Kimbia Software, Inc., a leader in online fundraising technology. Prior to Kimbia, Gary has not only advised companies through Nueva Vista Ventures, LLC on strategic growth in the areas of product innovation, market segmentation and channel development but served as Apple’s Region Manager for Education in Texas, where he led a team of higher education and K12 Account Executives to be the leading education region in the division in 2006. Prior to this responsibility, Gary held a variety of sales and marketing positions at Apple in education, channel sales and corporate accounts.

Gary has been at the center of technology change through his founding and stewardship of the independent non-profit Texas eCommerce Association in the late 1990s and his leadership of the eGovernment Task Force as an appointee of then Governor Bush. That worked led to the Texas Online Authority, a pioneer in eGovernment and winner of numerous national innovation awards.

Gary received his BA at Northwestern University in 1987, continuing with an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management in 1992 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 2000. During his legal studies, Gary also served as the Editor-in-Chief for the nationally recognized Texas Review of Law and Politics.

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