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Bill Gross

Founder and CEO, Idealab

Bill Gross is an incurable entrepreneur who has been starting businesses since he was 15 years old. In the last 40 years, he has started more than 100 companies, resulting in more than 45 successful IPOs and acquisitions, including Overture, eToys, CarsDirect, Cooking.com, CitySearch, Picasa, and Evolution Robotics.Bill is the founder and CEO of Idealab, a “company factory” based in Pasadena, California, which he started in 1996. Idealab is the longest-running technology incubator, focusing on world-changing technologies, including search, e-commerce, robotics, renewable energy, and mobile monetization.Idealab companies are based on ideas that challenge the status quo, and change the way people think, live, and work.  Idealab provides a full range of resources to infuse startup companies with the development strategies and financial support needed to rapidly introduce innovative products and services.Bill currently serves on the boards of numerous companies in the areas of automation, software, and renewable energy. In addition, he serves as a trustee on the boards of directors of the Art Center College of Design and his alma mater, the California Institute of Technology, where he graduated with an engineering degree in 1981.