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Laura Thompson is an American Product manager and Investor who is currently an Associate at GV. She currently resides in San Francisco, California.[2]


Early Life and Education

Thompson grew up in Evanston, Illinois out to a single mother and stated that her mother's hard-working attitude and perseverance was an inspiration to model.[6] Laura's mother made several sacrifices for a better life for her daughter, including paying for her to go to the prestigious private school, Wayland Academy.[2]  


After high school, Thompson went on to attend Brown University and was heavily involved in campus life. She was the co-founder of the Social Innovation Initiative, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and presented at several notable conferences including the Mckinsey Summer Leadership Summit and the Goldman Sachs Ivy League Investment Club. Thompson graduated with a 3.9 G.P.A. with a degree in Public Policy & American Institutions.[2]



Thompson co-founded Runa, a tea and clean-energy drink company that employs several thousand indigenous Amazonian farmers and is sold in more than 7,000 stores nationwide. She also was a Summer Fellow at The New Sector Alliance before joining Google in 2009. In 2011, Thompson moved to London after only one visit to become a Product Marketing Manager in Europe where her global launch of Chromebook offline retail won 1st place at the International Retail Design Institute Awards for store fixture design.[6]


In 2013, Thompson moved back to the United States to join the Google X team and help developed products such as smart contact lenses and delivery drones. In addition, she has been engaged in over 100 speaking arrangements with C-Suite executives from around the globe, including being a keynote for Google's 800 global "Top Contributors" conference.[7] Thompson became an associate for GV in 2016.[8]


Volunteer Causes

Thompson is currently the Co-Chair od the Legacy Committee at GLIDE, a non-profit which aims to lift San Francisco's less fortunate out of poverty through social entrepreneurship. In addition, she is an activator at SheEO, a global initiative which focuses on giving female entrepreneurs and innovators the tools they need to build successful companies.


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