About Bill Gurley

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 authored the Above the Crowd newsletter which focuses on the evolution and economics of high technology businesses.

Investments: Avamar Technologies, Business.com, Crossgain (acquired by BEA Systems), JAMDAT (JMDT, acquired by Electronic Arts), Linden Lab, OpenTable, Nanosolar, Nordstrom.com (acquired by Nordstrom), Shopping.com (SHOP, acquired by eBay), Tropos Networks and Zillow.com.

Other Affiliations: Advisory board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Education: MBA from the University of Texas, 1993 and a BS in computer science from the University of Florida, 1989. Chartered Financial Analyst.


DISCLOSURE: The information contained Above the Crowd has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable but is not necessarily complete, and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Any opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice. The author is a general partner of Benchmark Capital, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, Calif. Benchmark Capital and its affiliated companies and/or individuals may have economic interests in the companies discussed herein. © J. William Gurley 2005-2006. All rights reserved.