Saint Louis University

Tom Niermann, Ph.D.
Tom Niermann, Ph.D. Submitted photo

The SPICE Lecture series will host Tom Niermann, Ph.D., CEO of Achieve Communication, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Il Monastero. Find more information or RSVP for this lecture online

Niermann will discuss the common misconceptions that successful startups form because a brilliant idea magically appears in a person's brain and that the idea's greatness is readily apparent to anyone who hears it. Niermann will go through a process for formulating a startup hypothesis and demonstrate how investors, customers, and competitors may view the startup hypothesis.

Niermann has founded three venture backed software startups in three different markets in the valley in the first 14 years of his career. He was most recently the head of Technology and Program Management for Google's direct partners worldwide. In that role, he oversaw the team responsible for Google's direct partners worldwide. In that role he oversaw the team responsible for the business plan, pricing and product for the strategic partners of AdSense, YouTube, Mobile and other products.

He is an active member of the St. Louis Arch Angels and is currently starting a mobile application company.

About SPICE:
SPICE (Speakers Pioneering Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship) is a free ongoing speaker event to enhance the flavor of engineering education by bringing technology visionaries into direct contact with students and practitioners. The goal of SPICE is to influence the ecosystem by bringing role models in to educate the charms and challenges in realizing breakthrough innovations.