Bill Brown

CEO, Laozi Advisors, LLC

Roles: Associate, Fellow

Site: CDL-Vancouver

Streams: Climate, Compute

Bill Brown is CEO of Laozi Advisors, LLC, which develops and deploys tax-aware, value-driven investment strategies across all asset classes. The firm also invests in early-stage companies.

Bill is also a strategic advisor to the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he helps build large-scale partnerships to transform energy economies across the globe.

Bill is a co-founder of 8 Rivers Capital, LLC, which develops and commercializes new technologies relating to power, clean fuels (e.g., hydrogen and ammonia), clean building materials, water, space launch, wireless communications, and industrial processes. At 8 Rivers, Bill was an inventor on dozens of patents, including the original patents for the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle, the natural gas version of which was licensed to NET Power, where Bill was also a co-founder. The Allam-Fetvedt Cycle produces clean electricity from natural gas, biomass, and other fuels at a cost the entire world can afford, all while capturing 100% of the carbon dioxide.

Previously, he was a professor at Duke University School of Law and had an extensive career on Wall Street (Morgan Stanley, AIG, and Goldman Sachs) and in law (Sidley Austin partner). Bill has two bachelor’s degrees from MIT and a JD degree from Duke University School of Law.