Location: New York City Area
Bill Gordon is the Founder of Lean Launch Ventures LLC, a firm focused on helping
entrepreneurs launch innovative startups with less risk. In recent years Bill helped
catalyze the creation of an Innovation Ecosystem in Connecticut, CTNext, through his
work starting in 2009 to turn the Old Town Hall in Stamford into the Stamford Innovation
Center. CTNext is a statewide $25 million 5 year effort to create programs to spur
jobs through entrepreneurship. Lean Launch Ventures (LLV) was formed to manage
a private startup accelerator in CT to invest State funds in promising startups. LLV
graduated its first class in June 2013 as a flagship program of CTNext.
Bill has been involved with a wide range of startups. His largest startup (1996-2001)
was Callahan Associates International (CAI) which ended up serving 20 million homes
across Germany, Spain, France and Belgium with triple play broadband services.
After CAI Bill focused on biotech and helped launch and run Tetragenetics serving
as President and CEO. In 2009 Bill won a Gates Grand Challenge grant to fund
Tetragenetics’ work on making a novel malaria vaccine.
Bill is currently teaching entrepreneurship and collaborative leadership at the School
of Visual Arts in NYC to graduate students in the MFA in Design for Social Innovation
program. Bill served on the board of PopTech (2008-11) and played a key role in the
launch of a series of exciting initiatives from the PopTech Accelerator for social change,
to the PopTech Social Innovation and Science Fellows programs where he served on
the selection committees that chose over 100 PopTech fellows over 4+ years.
Bill has a B.S. in Biology from Wayne State University, an MBA from the Wharton
School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley which he
earned working in the lab of Nobel Laureate James Watson at Cold Spring Harbor Labs
on Long Island.