Tom Dyal

Partner & Co-Founder

What is your favorite part about working with portfolio companies/entrepreneurs?
Seeing the pride and excitement the founding teams have when their creations turn into thriving companies.

How do you view your role with portfolio companies?
To be a true partner to them, transparent, honest, thoughtful. I’m always thinking about how we can be even better.

How did you get your first job in venture?
I had never considered venture, which was much less known earlier in my career. But, the phone rang twice. First, from a good friend, who said I was going to receive a call about a big career change and I should take it. Second, the call that I took, which opened my eyes to the opportunities and possibilities of venture. I’ve never looked back!

Favorite quote or saying?

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

What’s one thing people might not know about you?
In 1991, I put together a Blackjack card counting team of fellow engineers from Bell Labs. Two years later, I was banned from playing at most of the major casinos in Las Vegas.

Why did you choose to be a venture capitalist?
I built my career in technology, but had the investing bug since I was an early teen. Venture was the perfect blend of the two for me.

What’s been the most rewarding part of your time at Redpoint?
The most satisfying part of my career at Redpoint has been helping lead the Omega early-growth investing efforts from an initial idea to a successful, thriving, integrated practice within Redpoint.

What is your favorite book / who is your favorite author?
I love the unique characters and twisty story lines in Elmore Leonard novels.

If you could play a sport/ take a road trip with anyone, who would it be?
I’d be playing midfield alongside Frank Lampard and forward alongside Didier Drogba for the old Chelsea team in the English Premier League.