Bill has a long history of working with and investing in technology startups in the region since 1995. He was responsible for introducing CDL to the University of Washington and has been actively involved in helping with its launch and funding..
Bill is a founder and Managing Director with Voyager Capital, an early stage venture firm with over $525 million under management. Voyager invests in business to business tech opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. He has over 30 years of combined investing and senior executive experience in the information technology industry. He has served on the boards of 28 private and public tech companies, including 21 portfolio companies, focusing on analytics, cloud software, digital media and mobile opportunities. Fifteen of his portfolio companies were sold for exits, including Amplitude, Attenex, Blue Box Group, Melodeo, NetPodium, Placecast, Tegic Communications, Yapta and Zipwhip, which was most recently acquired in 2021 by Twilio for $940 million. He has been involved in over $4.5 billion in exit transactions, including several IPO’s. He currently participates on the boards of Ayla, Hiya, Rowan TELS and Thoughtexchange..
Prior to co-founding Voyager in 1997, Bill was President of e.liance Partners, a consulting firm that advised information technology companies on strategy, venture financing and corporate partnering. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Aldus from 1988 to 1994 when the company’s revenues grew from $30 to $240 million. Bill was responsible for global finance, legal, operations, and acquisition activities, including completing the successful merger with Adobe in 1994. He also served as a senior executive with Westin Hotels from 1979 to 1987.
Bill has been active in several university organizations, including serving as the past chair and a current member of the Advisory Board for the University of Washington Buerk Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the University’s innovation roundtable advisory committee, along with CDL site Director Emer Dooley. He was also a Cornell University Trustee, and serves on the Advisory Boards for Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Business, the Cornell Hotel School, e.Cornell, and the Center for Entrepreneurship. He has also been active on a number of tech industry boards, including the Washington Technology Industry Association, Washington Technology Association, DEMO, the Canadian Financing Forum and Thayer Ventures.
He earned a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.