bill_grossBill Gross is a lifelong entrepreneur who has been starting companies since he was 12 years old.  He has personally started more than 100 companies in the last 42 years, of which more than 40 have gone public or been acquired.

Bill is the Founder and CEO of Idealab, a “company factory” based in Pasadena, which he started in 1996.  Bill is credited with starting the first online business directory company with CitySearch, the first online car retailed with CarsDirect, the first paid search engine with Goto.com/Overture, and the longest-running technology incubator where he has been the creator of all these companies.

Bill is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees.  He also serves on the Board of the Art Center College of Design, and more than 20 technology companies in California.