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About
Bill Douglass

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Bill Douglass

A seasoned communications executive
and award-winning writer

An award-winning, published writer, Bill Douglass has a deep background in corporate and financial communications, message development and branding.

Bill has worked with a wide variety of clients including a number of asset management firms; tech startups such as i.TV (backed by Union Square Ventures); fintech startups such as Sliced Investing (backed by Khosla Ventures); PwC’s Transaction Services Division; public companies including Amyris Biotechnologies (AMRS), BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI), Gentiva Health Services (GTIV), and Live Nation (LYV); and the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Bill is also a Managing Director of the consultant network at Sparkpr (awarded Best Tech PR firm by both Holmes Report and TechCrunch Crunchies). Before starting Gotham, Bill held VP and Director-level positions with Brainerd Communicators and the Investor Relations Group, respectively, and in earlier years was with a boutique PR/promotions agency, P&F Communications. He was previously with a medical non-profit, ORBIS, spearheading eye surgery programs on-board the organization’s DC-10 aircraft, “world’s only flying eye hospital,” in 20-plus countries.

A frequent speaker at industry events, Bill most recently moderated a panel of hedge fund allocators, “Selling Your Fund” at Reuters’ HedgeWorld Midwest conference in Chicago in May 2014, and served as a Session Chair at the 20th Annual Alpha Hedge West Conference, in San Francisco in September 2014. He has also been quoted on communications and social media strategy and related topics in E-Commerce Times, MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance and elsewhere. In a March 2009 E-Commerce Times story Bill predicted that by September of that year Twitter would be valued at $1B, which came to pass exactly on schedule.

Bill attended Boston University’s College of Communication, and holds a B.A. from the University of Houston’s College of Social Sciences. He lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with his wife, a practicing physician, and two young children. He brings a global perspective to his work, having lived on four continents and having worked in or visited over 60 countries.

Bill won a worldwide futurist writing competition from Royal Dutch/Shell and The Economist magazine, “The World in 2050.” The judges’ panel, which included Esther Dyson and Sir Mark Moody-Stuart (then-Chairman of Royal/Dutch Shell), chose Bill’s entry over 3,000 submitted from 75 countries, awarding him the $20,000 First Prize.

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Bill Douglass to chair panel, “Organizing a Successful Defense Strategy” at Activist Investing in Canada, October 6 in Toronto.

Bill Douglass to serve as Session Chair at the 20th Annual Alpha Hedge West Conference, September 21-23 in San Francisco.

 

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