Tom Willerer Partner

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

Tom joined Venrock as a Partner in 2017. Based in the Palo Alto office, he focuses on early stage consumer technology. Previously, Tom was the Chief Product Officer at Coursera, where he was employee number 50 and established and scaled up the product management and design teams. In addition, he led engineering, operations and analytics. During his tenure, Tom helped the company build out a world-class product and launched four fully accredited online degrees, identified a business model that resulted in a 24x in quarterly revenue, built a world-class product organization and web-sales channel, and set the culture.

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 Product Marketing, Messaging, Social and Individual Profiles. Among his accomplishments during his time at the company, Tom pioneered ways for members to exchange recommendations with friends, 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.