Strategic Leader & Executive | Chief Administrative, Legal & Privacy Officer | Startup Director & Advisor
Thomas Chow is a strategic leader, executive, and advisor with 20 years of experience in technology companies and startups. He has private and public company General Counsel (Chief Legal Officer) experience in eCommerce, financial services (fintech, payments, SaaS), digital advertising (adtech, media, data analytics, machine learning), and social media. Thomas also has business and operational experience in overseeing facilities, real estate, administration (G&A), risk management, strategic planning, business operations, and human resources (HR).
Thomas is currently General Counsel & Secretary at PubMatic, a $3.1B publicly traded advertising cloud infrastructure platform company, where he led the company’s $140M IPO (NASDAQ:PUBM). He loves working with startup companies and founders and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cryptsonic Technologies and Advisory Board for BiBo Labs.
Prior, he was Senior Counsel (Head of Adtech Legal) at Snap, a leading camera and social media platform (NYSE: SNAP); General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary at Exponential Interactive, a global digital media, adtech, and data analytics provider; Vice President, General Counsel at Vindicia, the leader in enterprise-class SaaS subscription billing (acquired by NASDAQ: DOX); and Associate General Counsel (Acting General Counsel) for TechSoup Global, an international e-commerce enterprise operating in 52 countries.
Thomas has been a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel. He is a regular speaker at the ACC’s annual conference on topics such as Technology Contracts for Non-tech Attorneys, Preparing for and Surviving a Software Audit, and How to Negotiate Contracts Internally and Externally.
Thomas obtained his B.A. in Sociology, with honors, from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to practicing law, Thomas served as an IT systems and network administrator for the Community Health Center Network, the University of California at Berkeley, and RCN. His first startup experience was at EarthLink, when the Company was engaged in the dial-up internet wars with America Online and crossed the 100,000 subscriber mark in May 1996.