Will currently works as the VP of Business & Customer Development at Gradient, high-performance decentralized infrastructure, built on secure hardware and an anonymity-preserving trust based network. He has an extensive background in entrepreneurship. Before joining Gradient full-time, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MIT. He's also a Venture Partner at Thundermark Capital, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage deep-tech startups pursuing fundamental breakthroughs in science and engineering with the potential to profoundly impact industries and people’s lives.
Prior to MIT, Will co-founded CoolChip Technologies, an MIT spinout commercializing proprietary electronics cooling technologies. Prior to CoolChip, Will was a researcher and instructor at MIT EECS. While at MIT, Will co-founded Vecarius, Inc., a startup addressing energy efficiency in commercial and military applications. He has also held positions at Telefonica and the CIA.
Will is an active community member, serving as a mentor for a public-private partnership designed to tackle the underrepresentation of black and Latino employees in Boston’s innovation economy, Hack.Diversity; a mentor for the Air Force Accelerator powered by Techstars; and a volunteer in various Christian-based ministries throughout greater Boston. He looks forward to moderating this panel about a topic he knows well - developing the founder-investor relationship.