Anthony (Tony) Tjan
Founder and CEO
Cue Ball

Tony Tjan is the Founder and CEO of Cue Ball Capital, a Boston-based venture capital and early growth-equity firm. He founded the firm with longstanding colleagues with a vision and aspiration to create a new model for VC that centers everything around human capital. Cue Ball invests in information services, digital media, and consumer retailing businesses. Tony’s background prior to Cue Ball was as both an entrepreneur and senior strategic advisor. In 1995, he founded ZEFER, one of the country’s first Internet services and large-scale development firms that embraced multi-disciplinary thinking by bringing together hundreds of professionals who were able to think and implement across the spectrum of business, design and technology. ZEFER won the Harvard Business School Plan Competition, grew to $125M and today is part of the Japanese conglomerate, NEC.

In 2001, Tony became the youngest Senior Partner elected in the history of the strategic consulting and investment firm, The Parthenon Group, where he remains Vice Chairman today. At that time, Tony also continued his long-standing role as Chief Strategic Advisor to the then CEO of the Thomson Corporation, Richard Harrington, who is now co-founder and General Partner at Cue Ball. Over a ten-year period, Thomson transformed itself from a traditional publishing and diversified holding company to become the world's largest information media company after it purchased Reuters (2008) to form what is now Thomson Reuters.

Tony is a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow and has been a speaker at their Annual Meeting in Davos, as well as a speaker for the TED conference. Tony is a regular contributor and author to Harvard Business Review. He co-authored the New York Times Bestseller Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck (Harvard Business School Publishing 2012), the result of three years of research across 500+ entrepreneurs, deploying the first Entrepreneur Aptitude Test (E.A.T. Survey). He holds degrees from Harvard College, Harvard Business School, and was a Belfer Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is currently also on the Faculty of the Harvard Business School as an Entrepreneur in Residence and sits on several private, non-profit, and public boards.

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