What he does: Helps entrepreneurs build strong organizations from the ground up
What he invests in: Bill invests primarily in cloud applications and cloud infrastructure, including security.
Bill is on the Board of Directors of Azure Power, Hotlink, Purfresh, SilkRoad Technolgoy, SpringCM, Venafi, XMOS Semiconductor, and Zetta.
Past investments include Atheros Communications (IPO, later acquired by Qualcomm), Commerce One (IPO) , Onyx Software (IPO), Mark Monitor, Freewheel Communications, Women’s Wire (IPO), Network Computing Devices (IPO), ParcPlace Systems (IPO), Precept Software (acquired by cisco), MSDS Online (acquired by ICG Group), Envestnet (IPO), Tensilica, Wind River Systems (IPO), Pilot Network Services (IPO), Cloudshield (acquired by SAIC), Biz360 (acquired by Attensity), and TeaLeaf Technologies (acquired by IBM).
His greatest accomplishment: “Being part of Foundation Capital.”
Bill, who co-founded Foundation Capital in 1995, has always operated on the belief that substantial, sustainable companies are the result of matching technology and market opportunity with the right entrepreneur and management team.
Bill's first job: T-shirt entrepreneur when he was 15 years old.
Before he founded Foundation Capital, Bill spent eight years as a General Partner at Inman & Bowman. He started his career at Hewlett Packard as a product manager for scientific computing.
He is a former director and past president of the Western Association for Venture Capitalists, and past director of the National Venture Capital Association.
Profile: This Math-loving VC, who has even been a cheerleader, loves science magazines and airplanes.
Philanthropy: Bill is actively involved in the areas of education and entrepreneurship in the US and in developing countries. He is currently a board member of the Eastside College Preparatory School and the Purdue Research Foundation, and has served on the Advisory Council at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
The best piece of advice he ever got: “Don’t be too quick to judge people.”
Training: Learns the most from the entrepreneurs he works with. Also has BSEE and MSEE degrees from Purdue University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bill's assistant, Robyn Basso:firstname.lastname@example.org