Experienced mentors who are on your side
Promoting ideas to enhance how we interact with the world
We’re dedicated to helping those ready to accelerate their ideas, and want to mentor you to accelerate your revenue growth, especially if those ideas are rooted in the IoT spectrum.
The passion that drives you, drives us!
We value innovation that can be shaped into a SaaS-revenue model while serving well-defined market niches, and we specifically encourage entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who share these values to join our community. Of course, ALL are welcome!
What makes Jetty IoT different?
At the Jetty, we support growth-stage entrepreneurs who want to positively impact the world.
We welcome members from all industries, but business ideas focused in the following areas may benefit the most from joining us:
Experience makes the difference
If you’re serious about accelerating your revenue, you need experienced mentors on your side to guide you — even push you, at times. We can provide sales and marketing mentorship, strategic guidance, and access to investment partners.
Sometimes a conversation with the right person, a connection, an encouragement, is all you need. We’re here for that too.
Meet the Team
Jetty IoT (Ideas of Tomorrow) was founded by Tom and Carol Patterson. Tom and Carol are entrepreneurs, mentors, and philanthropists that care passionately about their community. Tom is a technology entrepreneur with a track record of building, advising, and investing in, multiple successful companies. He has mentored at the Innovation Depot in Birmingham, AL and currently mentors for the Spring Entrepreneur Hub, in Pensacola, FL. The Patterson’s connections and network is vast, and they currently split their time between Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Pensacola.
Tom and his associates offer over 50 years of entrepreneurial experience.
Tom has a long history as an entrepreneur, starting with his paper route at age 11 which propelled him through public schools into The University of Alabama. Although he earned a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, he resolved his frustrations as a practicing design engineer through a transition to technical sales and marketing. Over a 10 year period selling computers in the niches of simulation, process control, space exploration, military applications, agriculture, waterways management, nuclear energy, and healthcare, he launched himself into starting a stream of companies spanning 40 years.
For the last 5 years Tom has focused on angel investing and mentoring young entrepreneurs in sales and marketing, as “they often struggle with getting really good ideas from concept to sustained revenue and profitability.” With the evolution of the Internet of Things and his family’s love for sailing, Tom, with his wife Carol and son Jared, started yet another company in 2019 to build IoT sensor-based systems for monitoring security and collision-avoidance for the boating world. That company, TocaroBlue, is the anchor tenant at Jetty IoT. Tom, through the members that join Jetty IoT, wants to combine his enjoyment of mentoring with the thrill of seeing small companies grow. He has specific interest in seeing the historical Warrington area thrive with high-tech opportunities for its community.
Carol Patterson has spent 50 years enjoying a very diverse and exciting career which has included working in small privately-owned businesses, healthcare and hospital corporations, ie, CIGNA and Hospital Affiliates, and as an entrepreneur helping to start new companies with her husband, Tom, including TXEN, DAXKO, Tocaro Blue, and Jetty IoT.
Her breadth of knowledge stems from her background in finance/accounting, business and property development, office management, facilities management, and operations.
Carol is a mentor extraordinaire and tirelessly tackles new projects and partnerships in support of entrepreneurship and community.
Jared is an experienced project manager, team manager, and sales and marketing executive. After graduating from UAB he worked in the non-profit sector with Habitat for Humanity, where he developed and implemented new programs and recruited and managed over 15,000 volunteers worldwide.
Jared earned his Master’s degree from the University of Alabama in Sports Business Management. Before, during, and after grad school he worked for the University of Alabama Athletic Department working directly with the Alabama Football program.
Jared currently is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Tocaro Blue, an anchor member of the Jetty IoT. Jared has been involved with Jetty IoT since its inception and will continue to collaborate with, and support, the mentoring of Jetty IoT members.
A 2022 graduate from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies and a
minor in Public History, Marina is a local native to the Pensacola area. She interned with the Pensacola Lighthouse during her college years and also worked for the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition and Innisfree Hotels. Marina likes learning about new technology, and spending time with her family. Marina enjoys the technology side of media, is inspired by connections and collaboration, and is eager to improve her mindset- which she gets to do in the technology-rich environment at the Jetty.