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Published on August 1st, 2006 | by Tom


Tom Hayes Bio

Tom Hayes is one of Silicon Valley's best known marketing executives.  His first book on digital business and culture, Jump Point (McGraw-Hill), has become a global best-seller and an instant classic. His latest book, No Size Fits All (Penguin/Portfolio), co-authored with Michael S. Malone, was published in November. 

Tom has been called A Model Citizen for the 21st Century by Fast Company magazine and marketing maverick by the Wall Street Journal.  As vice president of Applied Materials, he put the semiconductor industry giant on the global map.  In a 16 year career there he was responsible for growing the brand from modest beginnings into a mutli-billion dollar high tech powerhouse.

A pioneer at probing the intersection of technology and culture, Tom was the founding CEO and Chairman of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, and launched the Charitech program to promote corporate citizenship among high tech companies.  A decade ago he created the Webstock ’96 live four-day mega-event with his friend, Melrose Place star Andrew Shue.  He made musical history the next year when he negotiated the only joint appearance ever of Bob Dylan with his son Jakob’s band The Wallflowers at the Applied Materials’ 30th Anniversary party in San Jose. He invented the digital lifestyle event in the late 1990s with a series of events called Silicon Planet that paired new technology demos with live entertainers such as Beck and the B52s. Tom's 1994 book You Can Make A Difference in Silicon Valley is still used as a text on civic activism in schools and universities.

As a business writer and author, Tom is managed by Jim Levine at the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency.

Currently Tom is VP of Corporate Marketing at semiconductor titan Marvell, where he continues to color outside the lines.  His riffs and rants on marketing, technology, and culture can now be found at

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