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Bill Gurley- MIT Entrepreneurial Speaker Series

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MIT Wong Auditorium

2 Amherst Street

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Bill Gurley, General Partner at Benchmark Capital, will join Bill Aulet for a fireside chat on February 22nd in Wong Auditorium. Gurley has distinguished himself as a top investor and thought-leader for high technology businesses. His combination of engineering experience and Wall Street experience have allowed him to excel at Benchmark. The fireside discussion will explore his perspective on finding opportunities in tech and capitalizing on them.

Join us to hear what it takes to be a successful startup.

Over his venture career, he has worked with such companies as Jamdat (IPO: JMDT, Acq. by EA), GrubHub (IPO: GRUB), Nextdoor, OpenTable (IPO: OPEN, Acq.by Priceline), Stitch Fix, Uber, and Zillow.com (IPO: Z).

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Bill Gurley has spent over 10 years as a General Partner at Benchmark Capital. Prior to Benchmark, Bill was a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.

Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston focusing on personal computer hardware and software. His research coverage included such companies as Dell, Compaq, and Microsoft, and he was the lead analyst on the Amazon IPO. In both 1995 and 1996, Bill was a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team.

Prior to his investment career, Bill was a design engineer at Compaq Computer, where he worked on products such as the 486/50 and Compaq’s first multi-processor server. For the past fifteen years, Bill has authored the Above the Crowd blog which focuses on the evolution and economics of high technology businesses.

Over his venture career, he has worked with such companies as Jamdat (IPO: JMDT, Acq. by EA), GrubHub (IPO: GRUB), Nextdoor, OpenTable (IPO: OPEN, Acq.by Priceline), Stitch Fix, Uber, and Zillow.com (IPO: Z).

Other Affiliations: Advisory board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Board member at KIPP Bay Area Schools.

Education: MBA from the University of Texas, 1993; and a BS in computer science from the University of Florida, 1989. Chartered Financial Analyst.

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