Bill Gross is the Founder and CEO of Idealab. Over the last 15 years, Bill has created more than 5,000 jobs and has started more than 100 companies, including 8 IPO’s and 35 successful mergers and acquisitions. Bill is known as the inventor of paid search – or cost-per-click advertising – with the company Goto.com/Overture, which was sold to Yahoo in 2003.
In addition to many Internet companies, Bill has also started robotics companies and many cleantech companies, including eSolar, Energy Innovations, RayTracker, Aptera, Energy Cache, and Thermata.
Prior to Idealab, Bill started GNP Development which he sold to Lotus in 1985, and Knowledge Adventure, which he subsequently sold to Vivendi.
Bill is currently CEO of UberMedia and Idealab, and sits on the boards of many companies as well as the boards of the Art Center College of Design, and his alma mater, the California Institute of Technology.
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