Denise Thomas
CEO & Co-founderApplePie Capital
Denise Thomas is a proven and dynamic leader who has spent more than 20 years helping entrepreneurial companies develop breakthrough ideas. Her public and private company expertise spans the financial services, technology, healthcare and online services industries, she has founded 3 companies and led companies backed by leading venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins, Mohr Davidow and Sequoia Capital. In the Financial Technology (FinTech) industry, Denise is considered a visionary and highly respected executive leader. Her current venture, San Francisco-based ApplePie Capital, is the first online lender to focus exclusively on the franchise industry. As Founder and CEO of ApplePie Capital, Denise has raised over $27 million in venture funding. Part of Denise’s motivation in founding ApplePie Capital is her passion for creating access to capital and ApplePie is fundamentally democratizing access to the capital markets for franchisee entrepreneurs. Franchising is a prolific generator of economic activity and job creation across the country.