December 11, 2016

About Tom Evslin

EvslinTom GwennTom Evslin's career has taken him from nerd to CEO to novelist and consultant with a brief stop as Vermont's Transportation Secretary in the early 1980s.

Currently Tom is writing open source shareware, primarily to measure the quality of internet connections. The Windows application Zoomready, which determines whether a connection is good enough for teleconferencing, and several other tools are available free at

Evslin is on the board of Vermont Public and chair of its Planning Committee.

Tom and wife Mary cofounded NG Advantage LLC,which trucks natural gas to industrial and commercial customers.  The company was the first to bring the environmental and economic benefits of the clean-burning North American fuel to US customers beyond the reach of pipelines.

In the great recession Tom was volunteer Chief Recovery Officer for the state responsible for coordinating the state's use of federal stimulus funds and focusing them on the priorities of universal broadband penetration, a smart electrical grid, e-health, and e-education. He also volunteered as CTO for the state.

Tom's novel an historic murder mystery set in the Internet bubble and rubble is available from Amazon in hardcopy or Kindle form. A short story "The Interpreter's Tale" can be downloaded to Kindle. His personal blog Fractals of Change is at

Tom was cofounder (with Mary), Chairman and CEO of ITXC Corp. The NASDAQ-listed company grew from startup in 1997 to the world's leading provider of wholesale VoIP and one of largest carriers of international voice minutes of any kind by 2004 when it was acquired.

He conceived, launched, and ran AT&T's first ISP, AT&T WorldNet Service. WorldNet popularized all-you-can-eat flatrate monthly pricing for Internet access and forced the rest of the industry, including AOL and MSN, to follow suit. Tom has been blamed and praised for this ever since. He is unrepentant.

At Microsoft, Tom was responsible for the server products in Microsoft BackOffice including Microsoft Exchange and for Exchange's predecessor Microsoft Mail.

Tom went to Microsoft when key assets of Solutions, Inc. (a software company he founded and he and Mary ran) were sold to Microsoft. In the 1970s Solutions developed the first commercial EFT software for banks. In the 1980s Solutions was the first developer of commercial communications software for the Macintosh.

Tom was formerly on the boards of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, VITL, and American Forests.  In the private sector, he is a board member of FeedBlitz LLC..

For many years Tom was Policy Chairman of the Voice on the Net Coalition and a member of the organization's Board of Directors.

He is a listed inventor on eight issued US patents and a licensed pilot.

All opinions in this blog not otherwise attributed are Tom's opinions alone and not necessarily the opinion of any organization or business he is associated with.

Tom Evslin

twitter: @tevslin