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 with AUM ranging from $50 million to over $3 billion, in the US, Latin America and Europe; 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. Prior to that he was 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 regular speaker at industry events, Bill chaired a panel of hedge fund allocators, “Selling Your Fund” at Reuters’ HedgeWorld, served as a Session Chair at the Alpha Hedge West conference in San Francisco, and most recently at “Activist Investing in Canada 2015” chaired a panel on how companies can defend themselves from activist shareholders. 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 $1 billion, which came to pass exactly on schedule. Bill attended Boston University’s College of Communication. 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.