Hi, I’m Thomas Knoll

I get to help people grow into their ideas.

What is your vision? If I can help, I will bring everything I can access to your table.

I started building online communities back in 1996, and was the Community Architect at Zappos.com. Then I built 5 startups but only sold 2 of them. I mentor hundreds of founders through Techstars, 500Startups, and other local communities. I have been through the ups and downs, and know first-hand how much more valuable stories are than advice. It is difficult and exhilarating to create something from nothing and convince others to get on the bus. This is why nothing brings me more joy than to help people build their ideas and their teams.

While I have a technical background, I prefer to speak in gardening and architecture metaphors. I am inspired by storytelling, psychology, evangelism, architectural theory, social economics, game mechanics, cultural anthropology, compassion, and ants. Yes, ants.

Before I dropped out of college, I was studying to become a missionary. I left that path because I grew tired of the business of religion. Now, I help entrepreneurs understand the needs and behaviors of their customers and employees, translate their own vision and mission into the language and culture of their customers, and convert their customers into communities of evangelists.

At Revelry, we build companies. We help existing companies transform their businesses with custom software. We help entrepreneurs build their startups from the ground up. We build and spin out our own companies through our venture studio. And we fund new companies at the pre-seed stage through Revelry Venture Partners.

Oh, and I fall in love with almost everyone I meet.