Bill Maris is the founder of Section 32, a venture capital fund investing at the frontiers of technology, healthcare and life sciences.
Bill is the founder and first CEO of Google Ventures.
In the last 10 years, Bill has managed over $5 billion in venture investments in over 400 companies including Auris, Aurora Innovations, Carbon 3D, The Climate Corporation, Crowdstrike, Duo Security, Flatiron Health, Foundation Medicine, Impossible Foods, Nest, Slack, Uber, and Robinhood. These investments have resulted in more than 20 IPOs, 100+ mergers and acquisitions and 40+ companies that have exceeded $1B valuations.
While at Google, Bill was also Vice President of Special Projects where he worked closely with Waymo, Google X and Verily, was head of Google for Startups and led private company investment activities for the company while building a team of 70 across 13 global offices, 8 countries and 9 different venture funds. Bill is also the creator and founder of Calico, a multi-billion dollar company focused on understanding aging and extending life.
Previously, Bill has worked in biotechnology private equity with Sweden’s Investor AB and is the founder of one of the world’s first web-hosting companies, Burlee.com, now part of Web.com.
In the mid-2000s, he partnered with entrepreneur David Green to transfer a novel hydrophobic acrylic lens to Aurolab to treat and cure cataract blindness in the developing world. It has since helped prevent or cure cataract blindness in more than 30 million people worldwide.
Bill has a degree in neuroscience from Middlebury College and his background includes research at the Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology.