Tom Charman

London, United Kingdom

Co-Founder & CEO & KOMPAS, TEDx Speaker and startup mentor
Tom's Skills
Business Development
Product Management
Public Relations
User Experience

Age Group


About Tom

One of 20 young entreprenurs to watch 2017. Work on NLP and deep technology/AI. Represented the UK at two startup world finals and gave a TEDx talk on the future of technology. Became a business mentor after exiting last company.

Work Experience



September 2014 - Today

KOMPAS saves you time, by presenting tailored suggestions, relevant reviews and a hassle-free way of getting from A to B whilst travelling. We’re making travelling to new places and exploring your home city personal, easy and enjoyable. Help your friends explore the cities you know best, and take advantage of tips provided by seasoned travellers worldwide. Explore the true personality of each city, and find things you know you’ll enjoy. Street murals, rooftop cocktail bars, underground passages and low-key jazz bars are just a few of the unique things you can expect to find. We use smart algorithms and deep learning, to understand you as an individual, and build recommendations based on your personal interests.

Head of Alumni and Global Fellow


May 2016 - Today

The Kairos society brings together a global community of top entrepreneurs, change makers and innovators, driven to solving problems in the world. The organisation aims to develop ventures that create value for the global economy while improving the lives of people all over the world. It has been endorsed by international leaders including William Gates, Bill Clinton and Tim Draper. The Kairos Fellowship is a global community of the best entrepreneurs and innovators around the globe, aged 25 and below. Kairos Fellows are scientists, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs who have the skill and desire to tackle some of the world’s largest challenges. It provides these young individuals a platform by which they can connect to a global community of peers, mentors, industry leaders, opportunities, and resources to solve these global issues. I am a fellow for the UK.


Ember Club Ventures

October 2013 - January 2015

Ember Club was an online SaaS platform which helped manage, report and track groups of young entrepreneurs on incubators, accelerators or similar programs. This management consisted of a unique program tailored to the specific needs of each group, with individual user profiles and a project page for each group. This project interface was unique as it allowed collaboration between teams, with simultaneous input from expert business; investor and academic advisors that could help teams gain the inputs needed to build a project into a sustainable business.



March 2014 - November 2014

As the CMO of Shoutbox, it is my job to work on marketing the company and building a customer base within the company. I am involved with the Social Media, and the network that surrounds the company, and I am in charge of creating a contact list that both use the app and have helped to develop the company since is launching. I am also a co-founder of Shoutbox.

BAT Ambassador


August 2013 - July 2014

I was successfully appointed as a BAT Campus Ambassador for the University of Exeter. This meant I had to utilise my leadership skills to deliver presentations to a number of people and manage a team, as well as effectively time-manage. It allowed me to build confidence when giving talks to people from a number of different backgrounds, as well as aim to create an interest for the BAT program, which would help people seek work within the financial services industry.


University of Exeter

Economics and Politics with European Studies

2012 - 2016

Ludwig Maximilians Universität


2014 - 2015