An award-winning, published writer, Bill Douglass has a deep background in corporate and financial communications, message development and branding for a variety of alternative investment firms, as well as biotech companies and venture-backed tech startups.
Bill has advised a variety of asset management firms, public companies and venture-backed startups on communications strategy, and has been quoted on related topics in E-Commerce Times, MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance and elsewhere. In the March 2009 E-Commerce Times story Bill predicted in that by September of that year Twitter would be valued at $1B, which came to pass exactly on schedule.
Bill has worked with a wide variety of clients including a leading global venture capital firm; a variety of hedge funds with AUM ranging from one hundred million to six hundred million dollars; PwC’s Transaction Services Division; tech startups such as i.TV (backed by Union Square Ventures); public companies including Amyris Biotechnologies (AMRS), BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI), Gentiva Health Services (GTIV), and Live Nation (LYV); and the Batten Institute at UVA’s Darden School of Business.
Bill also serves as a Managing Director of the Consultant Network at Sparkpr, an award-winning PR agency. 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 PR/promotions agency, P&F Communications, working with clients such as Focus Features, New Line, and ShoWest. He was previously with a non-profit, ORBIS, spearheading eye surgery programs on-board the organization’s DC-10 aircraft, “world’s only flying eye hospital,” in 20+ countries.
In June 2014 Bill moderated a panel of asset management industry allocators, “Selling Your Fund” at Reuters’ HedgeWorld Midwest conference in Chicago, and is a designated Session Chair at the upcoming 20th Annual Alpha Hedge West Conference, September 21-23 in San Francisco.
Bill won the first Shell / Economist magazine Writing Prize, a worldwide futurist writing competition. The judges’ panel, which included Esther Dyson and Sir Mark Moody-Stewart (Chairman of Royal/Dutch Shell), chose Bill’s entry over 3,000 submitted from 75 countries, awarding him the $20,000 First Prize.
Bill holds a B.A. from the University of Houston’s College of Social Sciences, and attended Boston University’s College of Communication. He and his family live in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He brings a global perspective to his work, having worked in or visited over 60 countries having lived on four continents.