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Tom Willerer Partner Emeritus

Focus Areas: Consumer, Marketplaces, Entertainment, Education, Workplace Productivity, Career Placement
Location: Palo Alto

Tom joined Venrock as a Partner in 2017 and is currently an advisor to the firm. Previously, Tom was the Chief Product Officer at Coursera, where he was employee number 50 and led product management, design, engineering, operations and analytics. During his tenure, Tom helped the company scale from 50 to 300 people and from $1m to $100m in revenue. Prior to Coursera, Tom spent six years at Netflix, Inc., where he became one of the company’s most highly-regarded leaders in his role as Vice President of Product Innovation. Tom co-led the product management team at Netflix and was responsible for setting the vision and managing the teams responsible for non-member acquisition, product marketing and messaging. Among his accomplishments during his time at the company, Tom’s team rolled out individual user profiles, and helped Netflix grow from 8 million U.S.-only subscribers to 40 million subscribers in 41 countries. Tom holds a business degree from Indiana University, where he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team, and received his Master’s in New Media Studies from DePaul University.


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