Kelly Tompkins

Kelly Tompkins

Pasadena, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since March 21, 2011
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I am a(n):


If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to invent something cool.

My favorite startups:

Airbnb, Secondporch

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

staffing in advance of revenue growth.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

(1) Bootstrap to profitability before you raise serious money
(2) Spread the equity around with core team members that will be willing to sacrifice salaries and help you achieve profitability quickly
(3) Find strategic partners / investors that can help you grow & stay away from general VC's that are not strategic to your business

Full bio

Accomplished entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in developing large scale, transaction based travel and ecommerce companies.

My current project, ReserveX is a service that aggregates primary and secondary event ticketing markets, while applying travel industry yield management practices to increase venue profitability. My previous company, AdventureLink provides a centralized reservation platform for the adventure travel industry. Previous to this, I founded LeisureLink, the leading global reservation network for booking vacation rentals.

As an entrepreneur, I have learned over the years how to effectively turn vision into reality and would like to leverage my expertise to guide other organizations in creating new products and services.


Start-up guidance
Capital raising
Identifying & implementing strategic partnerships
Business development
Leveraging emerging technologies