Hello, I'm Tom Eckmann,
a serial entrepreneur with a passion for turning good ideas into great businesses!
The first 20+ years of my career were spent in "big time" management
with several international firms and as the senior operations
executive in two technology companies. But then I discovered
the work wasn't that exciting anymore and decided it was time to
pursue my true passion -- entrepreneurship.
For the past 18 years I've started (and exited) companies in
software, business services and renewable energy, and helped many
other entrepreneurs with their businesses.
Now I teach and help others pursue their dreams of
starting a business. Below are some of my current activities.
I am a lecturer at the University of Washington's Foster School of
Business where I teach classes in entrepreneurship,
entrepreneurial decision-making and business planning to graduate and undergraduate
students. I'm also a judge for the
Environmental Innovation Challenge, Executive MBA business plan competition, and
the annual UW Business Plan Competition.
helps aspiring individuals start new companies or accelerate the
success of their existing one.
webinars, on-line learning, and
we help solopreneurs improve their odds of success by refining their
business ideas and
comprehensive plans for their business startup, financing and
am Chairman of the
Academy which helps women and men develop the skills
and confidence to accelerate their personal and career success.
programs are designed to give aspiring individuals a competitive edge in today’s
workplace. They learn how to define and market their personal
brand, make great first impressions (in person and on-line), and
develop the writing, speaking and networking skills to make that
Tom is the
instructor for the Small Business Administration's e200 program.
Using the Interise StreetWise Steps to Small Business
Growth™ curriculum, I lead Native American and other small
business owners through a comprehensive 8 month growth planning
Journey: The Birth of a New Economy Business,
is a fictional account of a new business start-up. It
describes how one Internet entrepreneur ––Interpreneur––
reinvented an "old economy"
business by moving to the web. It provides
real-life examples of what first-time, and for that matter, serial
entrepreneurs can expect when starting a new company. It's
also a “how to” book which describes how to create new
businesses and reinvent old ones using the Internet. [more]