Bill is CEO and founder of Pingboard, maker of the world’s first real-time org chart. Pingboard replaces static org charts with a real-time collaborative tool that your employees can access wherever they are. Prior to Pingboard, Bill was CTO Rackspace Email. Previously he co-founded Webmail, the largest provider of business grade email hosting, and Capital Factory, which helps entrepreneurs in Austin build great companies.
In 2012, co-founded Capital Factory, Austin’s startup center of gravity. Our co-working space helps to connect investors to startups and startups to employees. Our Mentor network identifies the best startups for our Accelerator, where we provide coaching and intros to investors, employees and customers.
In 2002 co-founded and was CTO of Webmail.us, the largest business-grade email hosting company at the time, serving 72,000 businesses and over 1 million paid daily active users. We bootstrapped the business to 65 employees, raising outside capital only to manage cash flow, and sold the business to Rackspace in 2007. Continued to scale it to 3 million users, then joined Rackspace’s corp dev team to work on partnerships and M&A for their cloud business.
In 2000, launched a social app on the college campus of Virginia Tech, which unfortunately we launched literally the day the dot-com bubble burst, March 10, 2000, and we ultimately failed. However, after 2 years and 6 pivots we created Webmail.us.
Going waaaaay back, I started working for my parents printing company at age 7. In high school, I built our digital prepress department, moving us away from camera & film, to print from a Mac directly to metal plate (in 1994!). In 2010, I negotiated the acquisition of the business.