Bio

Bill is an angel investor and some of his investments include Tesla Motors (nasdaq: TSLA), SpaceX, Hootsuite, Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), Self Aware Games (acquired by Big Fish Games), Solar City (nasdaq: SCTY), bitcoin, and Postmates -- he has excelled at being lucky rather than smart.  He [was] on the Board of Directors of Big Fish (http://www.bigfishgames.com -- acquired by Churchill Downs for $885 million) and is on the Board of Directors of Bitgo.  He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person, because if you can't, then who can?!?!

Bill also enjoys playing guitar, surfing, and hanging out at his hotel in the Dominican Republic (http://www.extremehotels.com).  He drinks too much wine and is an investor in the first non-French ownership (a couple of acres) in Burgandy's Cote D'or: Batard-Montrachet (just 25 acres).  He also has a patent on happy hours US Patent No. 8,180,852.

In a previous life, Bill Lee was CEO and co-founder of Remarq, a Benchmark Capital-backed collaboration company.  At Remarq, Bill was part of the team that decided to name the company Remarq.com instead of Remark.com even though they had both domains (ouch).  He also guided the company in its development of a complete end-to-end Internet messaging and collaboration platform. Before its acquisition by Critical Path in March 2000 for $265 million, the company developed high-volume messaging platforms for sites such as eBay, Sun, Novell, and Amazon.  Bill also graduated Beta Gamma Sigma from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in accounting/finance and received a JD/MBA from UCLA.(1)

When he is bored, you can find him on twitter (@westcoastbill) and maintaining a blog at http://www.backtoreality.com.

 

Footnote:  (1) Bill has never worked with a recruiting firm so everything here is most likely true yet prone to exaggeration, blatant self-promotion, sarcasm, and lack of humor. (*).