Bill Payne is an active angel investor, board member, and advisor to entrepreneurs. In 1971, he co-founded Solid State Dielectrics, Inc. and 12 years later sold the company to Du Pont. For three decades, Bill Payne has invested in over 50 start-up companies. Since 2000, he assisted in founding four angel groups.
From 1995 to 2007 in his role with as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City), he worked on educational programs for entrepreneurs and their investors, including www.eVenturing.com and the Power of Angel Investing seminar series. He has served as lead instructor for over 100 seminars and workshops for entrepreneurs and investors in ten countries. He has also been actively engaged in the formation and startup of the Angel Resource Institute and the Angel Capital Association.
In 2005, Bill served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Arizona. Bill was awarded the prestigious 2009 Hans Severiens Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Angel Investing. For five months in 2010, Bill completed served as the 2010 BNZ University of Auckland Entrepreneur-in-Residence in New Zealand. In November of 2010, he was named New Zealand Arch Angel for 2010 by the Angel Association of New Zealand. In 2012, Bill spent a month in Ireland, Russia, Estonia and Finland, where he delivered 21 lectures and seminars to audiences of over 1500 entrepreneurs and angel investors.
Bill graduated with BS and MS degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he has served on the Dean’s Board of Visitors of the College of Engineering. All together, Bill has over 120 years of
Board service to private companies and not-for-profit organizations. He currently serves as advisor to several start-up companies. His eBook, the Definitive Guide to Raising Money from Angels is available on his website at www.billpayne.com. He and his wife Ann are residents of Henderson, Nevada and Whitefish, Montana.