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.
Frank Quattrone is a founding member and CEO of Qatalyst. Frank has advised technology companies since 1981, and successfully built and led global technology banking franchises for Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. Over the past three decades, Frank and the teams he has led have advised on more than 400 mergers and acquisitions with an aggregate transaction value over $500 billion and on more than 350 financings that raised over $65 billion for technology companies worldwide.
Over the past three decades Frank has enjoyed the privilege of advising technology leaders including Accenture, Adobe, Amazon.com, AOL, Apple, Applied Materials, Ascend, Cascade, Cerent, Cisco, Cypress, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Intuit, KLA-Tencor, Linear Technology, Lucent, National Semiconductor, Nortel, Novell, Oracle, RIM, ST Microelectronics, Synopsys, SynOptics, 3Com, TiVo, VeriFone, VeriSign, Veritas and Xilinx.
Frank serves as Board Chairman of The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, as Advisory Board Chair of the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara Law School, and as a Trustee of Castilleja School.
Frank is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received a B.S. in Economics summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
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