Bill Gordon

I am a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. I worked to spur entrepreneurship in Fairfield County, CT starting in June 2009, when together with Steve Smith and Kip Bergstrom we began to imagine and catalyze the creation of the Stamford Innovation Center at Stamford's Old Town Hall. It has finally came to fruition in 2012 as part of the statewide CT Innovation Ecosystem. As part of this broader CT Innovation Ecosystem Andy Moss and I launched Lean Launch Ventures to run accelerator programs based on Steve Blank and Bob Dorf's Lean LaunchPad curriculum. Lean Launch Ventures invested in the businesses of the entrepreneurial teams we trained with initial financial backing from CT Innovations and funds raised from interested outside investors.

In November 2012 we completed our pilot test of the Lean LaunchPad curriculum where with the advice of Bob Dorf we trained 10 teams of entrepreneurs. This effort was done as part of the initial pilot of Startup Weekend Next a breakthrough effort to create widespread "pre-accelerator" programs.  

We ran a full 90 day accelerator program in Q2 2013 with 6 teams, 5 of whom graduated and were funded. That was the final accelerator program that LLV ran.

I moved to Portland, Oregon in December 2014 and am no longer directly involved in the CT entrepreneurial ecosystem beyond continuing to support the teams from our spring 2013 accelerator program.