Bill Gurley is a General Partner with Benchmark Capital.He joined Benchmark Capital in 1999 after spending two years as a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
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 personal computer hardware and software. 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 first
multi-processor server. Before Compaq, he served in the technical
marketing group of Advanced Micro Devices' embedded processor division.
For the past twelve years, Bill has authored theAbove
the Crowd newsletter which focuses on the evolution and economics of
high technology businesses.
Current Investments: Business.com,
Red 5 Studios,
Tropos Networks, and
Previous Investments: Avamar
Technologies (acquired by EMC), Crossgain (acquired by BEA
Systems), Employease (acquired by ADP), JAMDAT (IPO: JMDT; acquired
by Electronic Arts), Nordstrom.com
(acquired by Nordstrom),
SHOP; acquired by eBay),
and The Knot (IPO:
Other Affiliations:Advisory board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.
from the University of Texas, 1993; and a BS in computer science from
the University of Florida, 1989. Chartered Financial Analyst.