Thomas Whitfield (entrepreneur)

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Thomas Whitfield
Born 30 November 1981 (1981-11-30) (age 35)
Kirkcaldy, Scotland[1]
Alma mater Christ Church, University of Oxford (DPhil (PhD))
Occupation biochemist, entrepreneur

Thomas Whitfield (born 30 November 1981) is a British/German biochemist and entrepreneur. He is known for the dietary supplement TRX2 and his work on DesignTheTime.com.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Thomas Whitfield was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.[1][2] He spent his childhood and early schooling in Germany as his mother is German.[1] He holds a DPhil (PhD) in Biochemistry from Christ Church, University of Oxford.[3][4] Being an Idea Idol of University of Oxford,[4] he was selected as one of the 2009 Flying Start Global Entrepreneurs by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) of Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), UK.[4] In 2009 he was selected as a Kauffman Foundation Global Scholar.[5]

Business Ventures[edit]

Designthetime.com (Miomi.com)[edit]

He was a co-founder and director[6] of DesignTheTime.com[7]"[8])[9] (later called Miomi.com) which plots user-generated personal histories.[6][10][11][11][4][7][9][12][13] The website attracted vast media attention throughout Europe and was ranked as one of the Top 10 UK Web 2.0 startups in 2007[14] with co-operation agreements including Microsoft,[7][15][16][17] Wikipedia (Wikimedia Foundation),[4][11][17] Brockhaus[13] and the British Library.[4] Despite its popularity the website went offline in 2008 for unknown reasons.

Oxfords Biolabs and TRX2[edit]

In 2009 Whitfield founded the company Oxford Biolabs.[1] In 2011 its first product TRX2 (trichos=hair in ancient Greek; 2=second generation),[1] a dietary supplement became publicly available.[2]

Coverage in Popular Media[edit]

Work of Whitfield has been featured in The Daily Telegraph[1][2][18] several times, as well as in The Observer,[19] CNN,[8] NewScientist,[20] Der Spiegel,[21] RTL[22] and Tagesschau[23] In 2007 he has been featured during the Google Zeitgeist Entrepreneur of the Year conference.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Tyler, Richard (16 January 2009). "Thomas Whitfield: The Oxford student who plans to make baldness a thing of the past". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Tyler, Richard (9 January 2011). "Thomas Whitfield's German roots help hair loss product launch". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "ChCh Grad wins $100m backing". Christ Church News. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Flying start for young entrepreneur" (Web). University of Oxford News. United Kingdom. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Meet the 2009 Scholars and Faculty" (Web). Global Scholar Program. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Miomi – Geschichte selbst schreiben" (Web). Goldem.de (in German). Germany. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Judges back a winner with their own money in Idea Idol competition" (Web). United Kingdom. University of Oxford. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Walker, Peter (20 February 2007). "The business boat race" (Web). CNN.com. CNN. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Businessplan-Wettbewerb Die 100.000.000-Dollar-Idee" (Web). Sueddeutsche.de (in German). Germany. 15 February 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Hüsing, Alexander (12 October 2007). "miomi macht Geschichte" (Web). Deutsche-Startups (in German). Germany. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c Christian Helten (4 October 2007). "Auf dem Zeitstrahl in die Business-Welt: Thomas und Miomi.com" (Web). jetzt.sueddeutsche.de (in German). Germany. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Von Olaf Schlippe (30 March 2008). "Jeder kann im Internet Geschichte schreiben" (Web). Welt Online (in German). Germany. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Thomas Knüwer (14 January 2008). "Internetunternehmen Miomi Die 100-Millionen-Dollar-Geschichte" (Web). Handelsblatt (in German). Germany. Handelsblatt. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Tech Digest (16 March 2007). "The top 25 UK web 2.0 start ups" (Web). The Register. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  15. ^ theWHIR.com (23 November 2007). "Attenda Provides Hosting for Miomi" (Web). Web Host Industry Review. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Katherine Hannaford (15 November 2007). "Miomi, the online timeline where you can store memories, and view the world's events" (Web). Tech Digest. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Miomi.com: Miomi Makes History; Time browsing site tipped to be Britain's YouTube" (Web). Contact Center Solution Community. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Students Planning to Sell Moments in Time, The Daily Telegraph, UK.
  19. ^ David Smith (25 February 2007). "Under 30, online and world-beating" (Web). The Observer. United Kingdom. The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  20. ^ Palmer, Jason (21 May 2008). "Graduate Special: Become an inventor" (Web). NewScientist. NewScientist. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  21. ^ Von Karolin Schaps (29 June 2007). "Startup miomi Magische Momente im globalen Dorf" (Web). Spiegel Online (in German). Spiegel Online. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  22. ^ Miomi – User Generated History, YouTube.com; Retrieved on: 23 July 2012.
  23. ^ Thomas Whitfield from Miomi at XTOPIA 2008, YouTube.com; Retrieved on: 23 July 2012.
  24. ^ Thomas Whitfield – Google Zeitgeist Serial Entrepreneurship Series 2007, YouTube.com; Retrieved on: 23 July 2012.

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