Bill O’Connell

Operating Partner at Stage 1 Ventures LLC

Bill O’Connell

Bill O’Connell

Operating Partner at Stage 1 Ventures LLC

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Mr. O’Connell is an information technology veteran with over 30 years of experience in the sale and licensing of many critical components in the IT market. Bill’s primary focus over the last 20 years has been licensing key technologies and intellectual property to key Taiwan and China based OEMs/ODMs. Bill has extensive knowledge of the Far East and currently resides in Taiwan.

Bill started his career in 1980 selling Datapoint hardware to Fortune 100 companies in the USA. He later worked as a licensing executive at Digital Research, the creators of CPM. He continued his career at Graphic Software Systems prior to becoming a key licensing director at Phoenix Technologies, the creator of the IBM PC compatible BIOS. After 4 years at Phoenix, Bill and 5 other entrepreneurs founded SystemSoft Corporation, a direct competitor to Phoenix Technologies. As Vice President of Sales at SystemSoft in 1989, Bill recognized the importance of the Taiwan manufacturing base and focused on this market for over 50% of SystemSoft’s overall revenue. In 1994, Bill played a key role in SystemSoft going public on the NASDAQ.

For the last 7 years Bill has headed his own company, O’Connell Consulting, with a singular focus on licensing key technologies and intellectual property to the Taiwan/China base. His over 20+ years of experience in the region enables Bill to deal at the highest level of most of the key corporations in the APAC region.

Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Boston College.

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Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

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Stage 1 Ventures focuses on investments in early-stage companies in the mobile, executable Internet, software-as-a-service (SaaS), IPTV, Internet video, pay-for performance marketing/advertising and security sectors. The firm targets companies that already have market-enabling internet protocol (IP) in place. Most of the firm's investments are in companies located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US.

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