Tom Cole, Chair

Tom Cole, Chair

Managing Partner, Hone Capital

“Having been involved with the Asian Pacific Fund for twenty years, I have had the opportunity to witness the invaluable work the organization does for the Asian and Pacific Islander community. I am so grateful for the existence of the Asian Pacific Fund, without which the API community would lack needed visibility and support for the important issues facing it, and I’m thrilled to be able to support it directly with my time and resources.”

Tom Cole is a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and investor. Currently, he is Managing Partner for Hone Capital (formerly CSC Venture Capital), a venture capital firm he started on behalf of CSC Group, one of the largest private equity/venture capital firms in China. Prior to his role at CSC Venture Capital, he was the CEO of Beau-coup, the premier online retailer of party favors, gifts, supplies and decorations.

Tom led Beau-coup for over five years, during which time he grew the business and ultimately guided it through a successful merger and subsequent integration with Swoozie’s, a private equity backed national brick-and-mortar retailer. Previously, he was a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm where he spent a decade investing in leading-edge technology and new media companies. Tom also has served as an advisor and/or angel investor in a range of Internet and software startups.

Prior to joining Trinity in 1998, Tom held numerous software design and development roles at both startups and larger companies including Approach Software and Oracle Corporation. Tom also served as a technology consultant to financial institutions including Wells Fargo.

Tom graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. with distinction in Computer Science summa cum laude from Yale University, where he earned the Chittenden Prize honoring the top student in math and science. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar. He is a past board member and Chair of the Glow Foundation, and served on the Corporate Advisory Council of StarVista (Youth and Family Enrichment Services), and works with the admissions committees of Yale College and the Stanford GSB.