Thomas Wenrich

Co-Founder & CEO, LAB 305

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Tigre is an active angel investor and a mentor to several local emerging technology companies.  He is the Lead Director at LiveNinja, an enterprise software platform for video chat, and serves on the Board of Pecan Grove Farms, an Austin, TX-based ranch and nursery.   He is a member of the Technology Advisory Board at Noble Financial Group and is also a regular mentor at the Venture Hive incubator and for Endeavor Global.  He is currently serving as Interim CEO of Ruman Security.

From 2009 to 2013 Tigre worked as the founding COO and CFO of Open English, growing the company from commercial launch to over $50M in annual revenues.   Today Open English is the leading on-line language school in the Americas, helping more than 100,000 active students to learn English over the internet.  Under his leadership, Open English raised over $120M of Venture Capital in four rounds of investment from firms including Redpoint, Insight, and Technology Crossover Ventures.  

Tigre began his career as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, where he spent 16 years as a partner in the US, Spain and Latin America.   Later, from 2006 to 2009, he ran a chain of 20 check cashing and PayDay Loan stores in Miami, which he purchased in an MBO and subsequently sold to a larger competitor.   He was also a founding investor and Board member of Proteak, a large Latin American forestry business which listed on the Mexican stock exchange in 2010.

Tigre holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and is fluent in Spanish and English.

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