Gregory Thomson is the latest mentor to become an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) serving startup members of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works. He is based in Ithaca and New York City and also serves as a Strategic Advisor to Cornell’s Center for Technology Licensing. Thomson will host regular office hours at Rev, and will be available for consultation.
In addition to advising startups on intellectual property and software licensing, Thomson will leverage his 20 + years of experience in digital media, entertainment and technology to offer mentorship and advice to all startup members.
Thomson has headed business development for venture-financed startup companies including the S.R. Guggenheim Foundation’s digital media company, and Sports Museums of America. He has also held a senior business development position at NBCi in San Francisco. Thomson began his post-MBA career as a communications/media/technology strategy consultant with Booz & Company in New York.
As a media industry lawyer and executive, Thomson lead business affairs for LA-based Quincy Jones Productions, and served as VP of Partnerships for Discovery Communications. He has represented or worked on behalf a number of high-level clients, including Dr. Dre, Youssou N’Dour, Machel Montano, Morgan Creek Productions, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Cox Communications, and the Estate of Gil Scott-Heron. Thomson served as an entertainment economics expert witness in major entertainment industry litigation, including on behalf of the City of Las Angeles in the federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by heirs of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G.
Thomson’s ongoing private law practice work includes intellectual property and software licensing, venture financing, private placements, film financing transaction, media mergers and acquisitions, corporate sponsorships and endorsements, literary rights acquisitions, distribution agreements, and a wide variety of digital media, technology, music, television, film, and industry transactions.
Thomson received an MBA from Columbia Business School, a JD from Yale Law School, and a BA from Yale College.