Bill Bowes had three careers, each leading to the next. Twenty-five years of investment banking in San Francisco gave him a close view of and access to Silicon Valley’s burgeoning venture capital industry. Founding U.S. Venture Partners in 1981 provided the opportunity to help create, rather than merely finance, initiatives at their earliest stage. “Venture philanthropy” followed naturally, and has included three categories of philanthropic investing: start-ups, financing of initiatives inside established institutions, and larger transformative investments in institutions at inflection points in their missions. He served on the Boards or Advisory Councils at the UCSF Foundation, the Exploratorium, Grace Cathedral, Environmental Defense Fund, Stanford’s Bio-X, Asian Art Museum, QB3, United Religions Initiative, Institute for Systems Biology, SF Jazz, Xoma Corporation, Creative Capital, Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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