Donald Thompson

Partner / CEO
  1. Donald is an author, speaker, advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs and business leaders.
  2. Has led multiple M&A activities, including exits for tech companies, I-Cubed and iCiDigital.
  3. Currently the CEO for Creative Allies and investor with portfolio firms including Walk West, RageOn, Dropsource, Gryppers and iCiDigital.
  4. Enjoys giving back by working with young entrepreneurs to evaluate their start ups and provide advice, professional connections and strategic direction.
  5. Serves on the advisory boards for tech firms such as Inn-Flow, SpokeHub and InspectionXpert.
Donald Thompson


Donald Thompson has a record of developing competitive and sustainable solutions for global companies, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders.  As CEO of the technology company, I-Cubed, Donald dramatically grew the organization amidst a recession with no outside capital, recording annual revenue growth of 30% year over year, from 2008-2013. In 2014, I-Cubed was acquired by the global technology enterprise, KPIT.  Donald held the role of Executive Chairman for iCiDigital, a spin-off business of I-Cubed where he groomed his successor from technologist to President, until it was acquired by Beringer Capital in 2017.

As executive chairman of Walk West, Donald partners with the leadership team to develop and implement the firm’s growth strategy. Donald is also the CEO for Creative Allies, an integrated marketing firm that focuses on helping celebrity and consumer brands execute marketing campaigns through leveraging a crowdsourced community of over 125,000 creative professionals.

Donald serves on the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation, and is an emeritus member of the strategic advisory board for North Carolina State University‘s Computer Science Department.  With a focus on accelerating North Carolina’s next generation of technology companies and entrepreneurs, Donald also is an advisor and investor to several startups and successful firms.

Donald is an ongoing contributor to and is currently authoring his first book, Underestimated: A CEO’s Unlikely Path to Success.  Learn more at

“Life is not fair because you wish it to be, but through hard work and perseverance you can achieve your dreams.”