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Bill Maris

Bill Maris
Alma mater Middlebury College[1]
Known for President and CEO at Google Ventures
VP of Special Projects at Google

Bill Maris is a venture capitalist and the president and CEO at Google Ventures, a venture capital firm established by Maris and funded through Google Inc.[2] With approximately $2 billion under management and investments in Uber and Nest, the six-year-old fund is described as one of the hottest in Silicon Valley.[3][4] Maris oversees all of Google Ventures’ funding activity and has a particular interest in next generation life sciences and artificial intelligence. He was instrumental in the formation of Google’s Calico project.[5]

Contents

  • Education and early career 1
  • Career 2
    • Google Ventures President and CEO 2.1
    • Google for Entrepreneurs 2.2
  • Recognition 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Education and early career

Maris’s background includes research at the Duke University Medical Center Department of Neurobiology. He has a degree in neuroscience from Middlebury College.[6] Maris began his career as a biotechnology and healthcare portfolio manager for Swedish investment firm Investor Investor AB. In 1997, Maris founded one of the first Web hosting companies, Burlee.com, and built much of the company’s computing, network and technological infrastructure. Burlee was subsequently acquired by Web.com.

Career

Google Ventures President and CEO

Maris founded Google Ventures in 2009 as the venture capital investment arm of Google Inc. He is responsible for the fund’s investments of $400 million each year in technology and life sciences startups.[7] Maris grew Google Ventures into one of the most active venture capital firms, with $2 billion under management, more than 300 portfolio companies, and offices in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Mountain View, CA, and London. [8][9][10][11][12] Notable Google Ventures investments include Uber, Nest, Foundation Medicine, DocuSign, and Flatiron Health.

In a 2015 interview, Maris stated that he believes it to be possible to live to 500 years old and that Google Ventures is looking to invest in promising biotechnology companies.[13]

Google for Entrepreneurs

Maris is responsible for Google’s global startup efforts, including Google for Entrepreneurs, Campus London, and Campus Tel Aviv.[14]

Recognition

Maris has been named as one of Silicon Valley’s 40 under 40, Fast Company named him one of the most creative people in business, and Vanity Fair named him one to watch and to the New Establishment list.[15][16][17][18]

Personal life

In 2014, Maris married singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman at Kruger National Park in South Africa.[19]

References

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  4. ^ Google’s Creative Destruction - Fast Company, April, 2012
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  6. ^ The Disruptive Ideas of Google Ventures - Charlie Rose with Bill Maris and Kevin Rose, October 2012 (broadcast)
  7. ^ Google Ventures Stresses Science of Deal, Not Art of the Deal - New York Times, June 2013
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  19. ^ Tristan Prettyman Maris - Instagram

External links

Profile on Google Ventures

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