William Crowder is an active early stage investor, enthusiastic startup advisor, and spearheads efforts to create new opportunities for talented tech entrepreneurs across the country. He leads the investing activities of the $20 million Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund that invests in diverse entrepreneurs and tech startups with the potential to become industry leaders. Since arriving at Comcast Ventures, William has been responsible for investments in a number of high growth startups including: AptDeco, Cuyana, Maker’s Row, and Partpic.
William also serves as a partner at Dreamit, the global startup accelerator and pre-seed venture fund. Since joining Dreamit in 2011 William has worked with over 100 early stage startups focusing most of his time on ensuring a more diverse population of entrepreneurs receive the benefit of a top-tier accelerator experience.
Prior to Comcast Ventures and Dreamit, William founded a strategic advisory company that repositioned media companies to attack digital opportunities with new strategies, optimized operations, and the creation of new ventures. He has also held strategy and business development roles at leading media companies including AOL and Thomson Reuters.
A self-taught and formally trained “comp sci guy,” William’s business career spans over 15 years working with leading tech-driven companies including IBM, SAS Institute, Alcatel-Lucent, and several others. William received his MBA from Duke University. He also holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from North Carolina State University where he was a SAS Institute Scholar and his research efforts focused on the performance evaluation of high-speed data networks.