While backpacking through Asia in 2002, Tom began to crystallize the idea for a more curated internet. Over the next few years, his experiences working closely with creative agencies and big brands gave Tom insight into how impactful this concept could be in the evolution of digital content. As a result, he founded Qurate in 2014, and began building an enthusiastic team to help him translate his idea into a useful solution. As Qurate’s CEO and Founder, Tom ensures that everything Qurate produces is innovative, creative, and meaningful.
Alan has over 20 years experience of experience in architecting and developing web applications for companies ranging from startups to multinationals. In 2001 he created the world's first mobile photo sharing social network. While working on this, he started to use Ruby on Rails on the day of release in 2004 and went on to author two books on Rails development. He has spoken at conferences around the world about development techniques and continues to love learning and building web applications.
Martin has over 18 years experience in B2B Sales and Marketing having worked with numerous tech startups and global billion dollar companies providing products and services covering various industries such as Cyber Security, Wireless Networking and SaaS. He has extensive experience in both building and running sales teams as well as creating and executing channel development programs primarily across EMEA, USA and APAC. In addition to this he is also an expert in Digital Marketing, a self proclaimed T shaped marketer with the recent experience of running an agency specialising in online digital marketing and chatbot development.
Kazuhiro’s interest in international business started while he worked for btrax, a creative agency that promotes business ties between Japan and San Francisco. After seeing success as the lead coordinator of Japan Night, Kazuhiro began dedicating his efforts to helping Japanese companies expand into tech hubs like Silicon Valley. As Qurate’s Business Development Manager, Kazuhiro helps our company to navigate Japanese markets and creates opportunities for us to grow.
Shiori experienced managing 50~70 temporary staff for hospitals and nursing homes, so that she helped her clients’ HR problem, related to recruiting staff, by With a successful background in recruitment and process improvement, Shiori makes sure everything runs smoothly at Qurate HQ. Previous experience within the Health and Medical sector includes recruiting and managing a very large team of healthcare workers on both permanent and temporary contracts. Here she effectively deployed an online recruitment campaign to increase her reach and success, and solved a major headache for her clients. Following on from this Shiori went on to develop staff training and education programs within the Customer Service sector and during this time initiated a highly effective cost reduction initiative via workflow and process improvements. Shiori is passionate about problem solving, process improvement and is an essential member of team Qurate where she not only manages the entire office and project manager but is also a key member of the sales team!
Nobu is an international sales expert with over a decade of experience working with high-caliber companies like General Asahi, Zazzle, and Yahoo Japan. His combination of sales expertise and customer service skills allows him to provide the best customer experience possible. Nobu also uses his professional photography background to assist in Qurate’s multimedia and marketing efforts. Nobu identifies potential new markets and manages the sales lifecycle for all of our European customers.
Kathy is a graduate of both Liverpool University and Staffordshire University. In her role within Rolls-Royce Holdings plc, she worked to help audit and streamline various supply chains within the company. This experience led her to work for leading global automotive supplier, Visteon UK, managing their supply chain throughout the entire product development process and into the eventual product launch. As Qurate’s UK Managing Director, Kathy ensures that the UK branch of Qurate runs smoothly and stays connected to our other global teams.
Kris is a full stack developer, he’s been working with Rails for around 8 years, and doing front end development for even longer. He enjoys trying to keep things simple, and also enjoys experimenting with other programming languages.
Ben started his career in software early on as an undergraduate, developing Android frontends and .NET backends at Kent State University. After studying abroad for one year at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, he returned to the US where he graduated and began work. Eventually his love for the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ saw him back in Japan, where he subsequently found and joined Qurate in September of 2018.
Nat is a Front End Developer who comes from a mixed background of design agency and SaaS companies. His experience ranges from the evergreen Html, Css and Js to Wordpress, Magento, React and Vue.
Having spent years on different builds proves useful when he needs to tailor the Qurate experience around the clients desires and needs.
Francis is the Tokyo-based CEO behind M Dot Partners consulting boutique. Prior to his role with M Dot Partners, Francis managed the Business Intelligence & Partnerships activities at Orange Labs Tokyo. His impressive history collaborating with industry leaders like Sony and Microsoft makes him an excellent resource to help give the Qurate team guidance and perspective on all thing tech.
Shin is currently a Partner at Atomico, an investment firm that backs disruptive tech companies from Series A and beyond. In this role, he heads the firm’s efforts to assist portfolio companies that aim to scale and expand into the Japanese market. Before becoming a Partner at Atomico, Shin was the President of Skype Japan K.K., aiding the company in its goal of expanding within Japan. His passion for advising up-and-coming entrepreneurs and his stellar track record helping new and established companies to flourish makes him a valuable mentor for Qurate.
Joshua is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ramen Ventures. Prior to this role, he acted as Shopify’s Head of Core Product Engineering. His relationship with Shopify began when he co-founded Select Start Studios, which was acquired by the ecommerce giant. His background as a software developer gives him the technical experience required to truly understand Qurate’s platform, and help the company to refine its technical approach.
Digby is a leading expert on content creation and distribution as well as a sought-after public speaker who knows how to craft a compelling story. His roles working for industry giants like MTV and Buzzfeed give him the background needed to not just understand how content impacts the world, but how it can shape it as well. In 2016, he began working with iris Worldwide, which was voted one of the top five most courageous creative agencies in the world, to set up a new specialist content division. As Qurate’s Non-Executive Director, Digby brings his vast experience and strategic thinking to deliver rapid business growth to our company.