Bill has had early and instrumental involvement in over twenty five leading software, Internet, digital media and mobile companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor and Board Member. Startups where he was a member of the founding team include Visio Corporation (founding VP of Sales & Marketing); Netbot (the creators of Jango, the first comparison shopping agent for the Internet, as well as the first metasearch engine, Metacrawler) where he was President; Qpass (now part of Amdocs) where he served as CEO and later Chairman; and Medio Systems (the leader in mobile search), which he continues as a Strategic Advisor. In these founding capacities, Bill drove definition of the core product and market strategy; raised >$125M in venture capital; recruited senior management teams; and built customer, partner and channel relationships in launching over 40 products. He is currently a General Partner with the leading Silicon Valley venture firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson , and represents DFJ on the Boards of Chef, Remitly, Ping Identity, Yellowbrick and Bright Computing. Bill is a founding investor in Delve Networks and Vines of Mendoza; led Atlas Ventures original investment in Isilon Systems; and is an ongoing, active advisor to Cascadia Capital, Winshuttle (Advisory Board), Socrata, LiquidPlanner (Advisory Board), ACL (Board), and Limeade. Previous Board roles include QL2 Software, Intrinsyc and Jabber. Bill was an early investor or Board member in eighteen companies that were later acquired or went public, including Swype, Z2live, Varolii, Vizify, Banyan Branch, Communitect, Loudeye, AEI Music, Viafone, Teamplate, Exstatic Software, Shelfari, Throw, Singing Fish, HandsOn, Jabber, WebRelevance, Sensors in Motion, . Earlier in his career, Bill consulted extensively to Microsoft Corporation, Real Networks, Getty Images, and Corbis.
Bill graduated from the University of Washington and received an MBA from the University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School. Bill also received a PH.C, Business Strategy from the University of Washington.