Bubble Motion is pioneering voice messaging and social communication for mobile phones. Bubble Motion’s products include BubbleTalk™, an asynchronous person-to-person voice messaging service (also known as VoiceSMS), BubbleCast™, an integrated text and audio content broadcasting service, and now Bubbly™, a community-building voice-blogging phone service where people share recorded voice updates with friends, family, fans and followers. Bubbly is like Twitter with a voice and is bringing social networking to mobile phones.
Thomas Clayton (CEO/President):
Tom Clayton brings a wealth of operating experience from senior leadership roles at numerous startups and high-tech companies. As CEO and President of Bubble Motion, Tom is responsible for setting the company strategy and leading the organization in the execution of their global expansion.
Prior to running Bubble Motion, Tom was the General Manager of the Worldwide Telecom Business at BEA Systems, a $1.3B infrastructure software company, where he was responsible for the telecom vertical business – the largest vertical business for the company. As part of this role, he led the global field organization that was accountable for all mobile operators, wireline carriers, and cable operators as well as partner responsibility for all telecom ISVs and NEPs. He worked closely with many telecom customers, including Verizon, AT&T, Cingular, BT, Telenor, TeliaSonera, Vodafone, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, China Telecom, SingTel, NTT, Telstra and many other Tier 1 operators around the world. Additionally, he drove the new network software business acquisition strategy for the company, which fueled the high growth portion of the telecom business. The growth strategy was predominantly focused on the convergence, SDP, and IMS software infrastructure space. Prior to this role, Tom helped build out the Global & Enterprise Accounts organization, where he implemented specific programs tailored to BEA’s Top 100 customers.
Before BEA, the majority of Tom’s experience has been entrepreneurial focused, as he has helped start five different companies. At his most recent startup business, Bang Networks, another Sequoia Capital and Goldman Sachs backed networking software company, he helped build out the business development and sales force organizations. Before Bang Networks, Tom worked at The Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s largest strategy consultancies, where he was in the High Tech & Telecommunications practice. While at BCG, he worked closely with the CEOs of several large enterprise software companies and major telecommunications carriers. Prior to joining BCG, Tom started several other companies, ranging from an ecommerce-focused systems integrator to a high-end audio manufacturer. He also worked as an economic policy consultant to The White House, where he drafted the U.S. High-Tech and Telecommunications Economic Stimulus Policy for building out nationwide ubiquitous broadband access.
Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BS degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to Tom’s professional career, he was actually a boxer and won the Bronze Medal and the U.S. National Championships.