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 represented 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; and a variety of public companies including Amyris Biotechnologies (AMRS; backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), and Live Nation (LYV).
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 “Alpha Hedge West” in San Francisco, and most recently at “Activist Investing in Canada” chaired a panel on how companies can defend themselves from activist shareholders. He has been quoted on communications and social media strategy and related topics in the New York Times (March 2017), MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, E-Commerce Times 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 as predicted. An alumnus of Boston University’s College of Communication, Bill 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.
Bill Douglass quoted in the New York Times, page one story in Real Estate section, Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Bill Douglass to chair panel, “Organizing a Successful Defense Strategy” at Activist Investing in Canada, October 6 in Toronto.