Bill Gurley joined Benchmark Capital in 1999 after spending two years as a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston focusing on the personal computer hardware and software business. His research coverage included such companies as Dell, Compaq, and Microsoft, and he was the lead analyst on the Amazon IPO. In both 1995 and 1996, Bill was a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team. Prior to his investment career, Bill was a design engineer at Compaq Computer, where he worked on products such as the 486/50 and Compaq’s initial multi-processor server. Before Compaq, he served in the technical marketing group of Advanced Micro Devices embedded processor division. For the past seven years, Bill has also authored the Above the Crowd newsletter, which focuses on the evolution and economics of high technology businesses. His current investments include Clicker, FanBase, Linden Lab/SecondLife, LiveOps, Nanosolar, OpenTable (IPO: OPEN), Scale Computing, Tropos Networks, and Zillow.com.
Bill received a BS in computer science from the School of Engineering at the University of Florida, and an MBA from the University of Texas.
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