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Bill Gross
Idealab & eSolar

Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Bill founded Idealab to create and build successful businesses that capitalize on innovations in areas with significant growth opportunities, including the Internet.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill started several companies prior to Idealab. In high school, he founded Solar Devices, a firm that sold plans and kits for solar energy products. In college at the California Institute of Technology, he patented a new loudspeaker design and formed GNP Loudspeakers, Inc. After graduating from college, Bill and his brother Larry started GNP Development, Inc., which made a natural language product for Lotus 1-2-3 called HAL. In 1985, Lotus Development Corporation acquired GNP and Bill became a software entrepreneur at Lotus Development. In 1991, Bill started Knowledge Adventure, an educational software publisher that grew to be the third largest educational software publisher in the world and was eventually sold to Cendant Software and is now a division of Havas Interactive, which is owned by Vivendi.

Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and of the Art Center College of Design. Bill received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

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Last Updated: Tue, Jan 11, 2011


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Category Title Author/Speaker Organization Length Date
Podcast A Devotion to New Ideas Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 56:44 02/2011
Video A Devotion to New Ideas [Entire Talk] Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 55:39 02/2011
Video Weekend Warriors Discover the Pivot Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 04:51 02/2011
Video Motivation Through Equity and Risk-Taking Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 02:18 02/2011
Video Survive Until the Market is Ready Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 02:23 02/2011
Video Complementary Skills for Management Teams Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 06:35 02/2011
Video A Cogent Argument for Solar Energy Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 06:12 02/2011
Video Moore's Law: A New Weapon in the Solar Arsenal Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 06:51 02/2011
Video Judge on Impact Over ROI Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 02:26 02/2011
Video Can You Objectively Compare Ideas? Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 03:49 02/2011
Video 2 Reasons Companies Can Fail Bill Gross eSolar & Idealab 01:03 02/2011