William Quigley joined Clearstone Venture Partners shortly after its formation and concentrates on its Internet and communications related investments. During his first two-and-a-half years with the firm, he worked out of the idealab incubator and helped launch and lead investments in many idealab backed companies including Homepage.com, FreePC, FreeMusic.com and Paymybills.com. A number of his early-stage investments have gone public, including MP3.com, Tickets.com, eMusic and PeopleSupport and several have been acquired including InternetConnect (sold to Covad) and Phasebridge (sold to Emcore).
William’s current portfolio reflects his belief in the enormous opportunity in the wireless consumer and enterprise markets (AOptix, SoonR, Meru Networks, Novariant). He is also focused on emerging companies offering managed services in the enterprise and consumer sectors (Communicado, Spock Networks). William is a member of the board of directors of AOptix Technologies, Communicado, Meru Networks, Novariant, SoonR and Spock.com.
William joined Clearstone from Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, where he invested in early- stage communications companies targeting the software, equipment and service sectors. At MAVF, he was responsible for investments in Integrated Chipware, a real time embedded OS developer, Wisor Telecom, an OSS vendor to telecom service providers and NexTone Communications, a manufacturer of voice over IP equipment.
Prior to MAVF, William spent seven years in a variety of business planning and operational roles at The Walt Disney Company. His tenure at Disney included finance roles at EuroDisney, the Disney Store retail chain and Disney’s consumer products merchandise licensing division. He oversaw all finance and business planning activities for Disney’s licensing business unit, the world’s largest consumer products licensor. William also co-managed Disney’s merchant banking group where he negotiated and structured equity positions in the company’s strategic licensees.
Prior to Disney, William was a Senior Consultant with Arthur Andersen’s Financial Services Group where he developed financial and business strategies for a wide range of companies in the media and communications and financial services industries.
William is on the board of DealMaker LA, a Los Angeles based organization promoting entrepreneurial activities in Southern California.
William received his MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School, and holds a BS in Accounting, with honors, from the University of Southern California. He was trained as a CPA and a Kauffman Fellow.