Dr. Thomas M. Uhlman, Managing Partner, was a founder of New Venture Partners. Previously, Tom served as President of Lucent Technologies' New Ventures Group from 1997-2001. Between 1997 and the present, Tom and his colleagues have created over 60 new technology businesses.
Between 1995 and 1997, Tom held senior executive positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T. At Lucent, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Public Affairs responsible for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, planning and government affairs activities. Tom was Vice President of Corporate Development in charge of merger, acquisition and divestiture activity at AT&T. From 1985 to 1995, Tom was Director of Corporate Development at Hewlett-Packard, leading worldwide equity investment, strategic alliance, and strategic planning efforts.
Tom has also worked in both the government and academic arenas. In 1983 and 1984, he managed the President's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness on behalf of the Chief Executive of Hewlett-Packard, who chaired this White House Commission. In 1981 and 1982, he was Director of Productivity Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, he was an Assistant and then an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At the university, Tom was the author of a book, a dozen journal articles, and received an award for the best U.S. doctoral dissertation in the field of law.
Tom currently sits on the boards of portfolio companies iBiquity Digital, Lumeta and TimeSight Systems. From 1998 until it was acquired in 2007, Tom served on the board of McData Corporation (NASDAQ) and chaired its compensation committee for 7 years. Previously, he served on the boards of over a dozen other portfolio companies. In 2000, he co-chaired the New Jersey Governor's High Technology Task Force with the President of Princeton University. In 2002, he was the recipient of the New Jersey Technology Council's "Financier of the Year" award.
Tom holds a Masters degree from Stanford University's School of Business. He also holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he currently serves on the College of Arts and Sciences' Foundation Board of Directors. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
New Venture Partners, the global venture capital firm dedicated to corporate technology spin-outs, has over $700 million under management. New Venture Partners provides a bridge between technology corporations and traditional venture capital. Starting in 1997 as Lucent Technologies New Ventures Group and operating as an independent firm since 2001, the New Venture Partners team has launched dozens of companies built upon innovations from Bell Labs, British Telecom, Philips, and other major technology companies.