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Board Member Profile

Thomas J. Stephenson

Thomas J. Stephenson
NMVCA President, Treasurer and Statistics
Partner, Verge Fund

Tom Stephenson was a General Partner of various funds of Murphree Venture Partners before co-founding Verge Fund in the Spring of 2003. He joined Murphree Venture Partners in 1997 to open their New Mexico office after serving as the Director of Education and Research for the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), a world-recognized leader in fostering the development of high-technology start-up companies.At ATI, he prepared entrepreneurs for raising angel and venture capital, evaluated businesses for entry into the incubator and provided business consulting to ATI companies. Stephenson served as an invited speaker to the National Business Incubation Association's National Conference, and assisted the Russian Academy of Market Management's Morozov Project in the formation of six pilot incubators in that country by providing on-site advice, generating local government support, and authoring their "Incubator Operations Manual."

Prior to receiving his M.B.A. in Information Management and Technology Transfer from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, Stephenson was a member of the science department faculty at his prep school alma mater, the Albuquerque Academy, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While completing his B.A. in Physics at Rice University, he worked as a technical aide at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Stephenson represents Verge Fund on the Board of Directors of Altaview, Quadric, and Wellkeeper and as a Board Observer of Altela and Nanocrystal. He also serves on several non-profit Boards of Directors, including the New Mexico Information Technology and Software Association; the New Mexico Venture Capital Association; the Coronado Ventures Forum; and the Association for Commerce and Industry. Tom is on the Community Advisory Board of First Community Bank. He is also a founding member and past chairman of the Advisory Board for the McCombs M.B.A. Alumni Network at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a graduate of the 2000 class of Leadership New Mexico.