Bill Coleman is a Venture Partner. Previously Bill was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cassatt, Inc. an enterprise cloud software company which was acquired by CA, Inc. in 2009. In 1995, he founded BEA Systems, Inc. for which he developed the vision and business plan, recruited the other two other principals, Ed Scott and Alfred Chuang and raised the Series A funding from Warburg Pincus (the only funding round required until the IPO in 1997). Bill was Chairman and CEO of the company from its founding through September 2001 during which BEA became the fastest software company ever to reach a billion dollars in annual revenue, a record that still stands today.
Prior to BEA, Bill held various management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc., including: co-founder of Sun Federal; founder, vice president and general manager of Sun Professional Services; and vice president of system software overseeing SunOS, the initial development of Solaris and related system administration, networking and management products.
Before his work at Sun, Coleman co-founded and was vice president of engineering at Dest Systems. Prior to that, he was the director of product development at VisiCorp where he oversaw publishing of the first spreadsheet, VisiCalc; development of the first office suite of personal computer productivity applications, the “Visi Series”; and development of the first personal computer window system, VisiOn. As general manager of the high frequency systems group at GTE Sylvania he grew his systems business from $12m to $36M in less than three years. Coleman began his career in the U.S. Air Force as chief of satellite operations in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force supporting the National Reconnaissance Organization.
Coleman has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and master’s degrees in computer science and computer engineering from Stanford University. He also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado.
Mr. Coleman is the founder and president of the Coleman Colorado Foundation which founded and supports the University of Colorado Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. He is a member of the board of directors of Framehawk, iControl, Seagate, Resilient Network Systems and Business Executives for National Security and a Trustee of the University of Santa Clara. He was a member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group from 1999 to 2009, and Chairman from 2004 – 2006 and has served on the boards of the following public companies: BEA Systems, Palm Inc, Symantec, Skillsoft Inc and Portal Software Inc as well as numerous private companies.
Both Ernst & Young and the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado named Mr. Coleman their 2001 “Entrepreneur of the Year,” and Business Week named him one of 2001’s ebiz 25 top executives.