Primary Role
CPO @ HomeAway
Harvard University

Person Details


Tom Hale is Chief Product Officer (CPO), at HomeAway. In this role, Hale is responsible for all aspects of product and technology on a global basis. During his career, Hale has been instrumental in bringing to market many world-class products including Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Connect. Hale is known for his passion for product development and enhancing the user experience, and is an avid traveler and vacation rental owner himself.

Prior to HomeAway, Hale worked at Linden Lab as Chief Product Officer in September 2008, bringing over 15 years of experience in product development, marketing and management. Having most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Knowledge Worker Business Unit at Adobe Systems, Hale now drives the product strategy for Second Life to support and further develop the inworld economy which is projected at more than US$450 million in user-to-user transaction in 2009.

Prior to Linden Lab, Hale was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) at Redpoint Ventures, investigating the intersections of gaming, virtual goods and virtual worlds, online communications, community and social networking. At Adobe, Hale led the collaboration and Software as a Service (SaaS) agendas, driving the strategy for businesses such as Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Connect (formerly known as Macromedia Breeze), and the Flash Media Server after the acquisition of Macromedia. At Macromedia, Hale was instrumental in making Macromedia products standard for web development, establishing the Flash Player as a platform for rich internet applications (RIAs), and building a $100 million a year business in the learning and training space.

Experience (8)

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    Jul 14, 2010
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    Chief Product Officer - we are hiring product managers and developers!
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    Linden Lab

    Chief Product Officer
    Oct, 2008 - Jun, 2010
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    Member of Board of Directors
    Mar, 2008
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    Redpoint Ventures

    Nov, 2007 - Oct, 2008
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    Adobe Systems

    SVP and GM, Knowledge Worker Business Unit
    2005 - Jan, 2007
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    Linden Lab

    SVP and GM, Communications and Training Business Unit
    Sep, 2003 - Oct, 2005
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    SVP and GM, Communications and Training Business Unit
    2000 - Jan, 2005

Advisory Roles (2)


Education (1)