Tom is a frequent keynote speaker on innovation, marketing and creativity, using cartoons, case studies, and his marketing career to tell the story visually. The Huffington Post ranked his South-By-Southwest (SXSW) talk the third best of the conference out of 500. In October 2018, Tom spoke at the TED headquarters in New York on how humor can be a vehicle to talk about things that are otherwise hard to talk about. Tom gave a talk at the Do Lectures about pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming a cartoonist.
Tom started cartooning on the backs of business cases as a student at Harvard Business School. While in various marketing roles at General Mills, Nestle, Method and HotelTonight, Tom parodied the world of marketing in a weekly cartoon. From an email to 35 co-workers in 2002, his cartoons have grown by word of mouth to reach several hundred thousand readers each week and have been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, and the New York Times.
Tom soon realized that cartoons are a remarkable form of shareable media. In 2010, he launched Marketoonist to help large and small businesses such as Google, IBM, Kronos, and Unilever reach their audiences with cartoons.
Tom lives and draws near San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.