He is also the Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a premier seed-stage venture capital firm in the United States.Since co-founding Garage in 1998, Bill has made investments in early-stage companies and has worked intensively with them. These include: Pandora Media (NYSE:P), LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP), Tripwire (acquired by Golder Thoma), Digital Fountain (acquired by Qualcomm), iNest (acquired by LendingTree), Digital Envoy (acquired by Google), Psionic (acquired by Cisco), Answers.com (NASDAQ: ANSW), MiaSole and Simply Hired, among others.Prior to Garage, Bill co-founded Academic Systems, a software company funded by Kleiner Perkins, Accel Partners, and Microsoft. In 1998, it merged with Lightspan and was subsequently acquired by Plato Learning.Prior to Academic Systems, Bill was a senior executive with early-stage, venture-backed technology companies, including The Learning Company, and Infa Technologies, which developed many concepts underlying the Newton and Palm devices. Bill also co-founded Trademark Software, which was subsequently acquired by Dow Jones.Earlier in his career, Bill worked at McKinsey & Company; the World Bank in Washington, DC; and in New York at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. As a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and VC, Bill is actively asked to speak and write globally on innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and corporate growth.Bill earned his B.A. at Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He has taught at Golden Gate University and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Auckland University of Technology. He was a founding board member and chairman of the Churchill Club and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.