Bill Payne

Bill Payne (www.billpayne.com) is an active angel investor, board member, and advisor to entrepreneurs. He assisted in founding four angel groups: the Frontier Angel Fund Vegas Valley Angels (2003), Tech Coast Angels and Aztec Venture Network. Over the past three decades, Bill Payne has successfully founded or invested in over 60 start-up companies.

In 1971, Bill founded Solid State Dielectrics, Inc., an advanced materials supplier to the electronic components industry. He sold the company to E. I. DuPont in 1982.

From 1995 to 2007, in his role with as an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Kauffman Foundation, he worked on educational programs for entrepreneurs and their investors, including the development of the Power of Angel Investing seminar series. Since 2001, Bill has served as the lead instructor for over 100 of these angel investing seminars and workshops in ten countries. He was also active in the formation and startup of the Angel Research Institute and the Angel Capital Association (ACA). Bill was awarded ACA's prestigious 2009 Hans Severiens Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Angel Investing.

In one of his six visits to New Zealand, Bill served as the 2010 BNZ University of Auckland Entrepreneur-in-Residence from February through June 2010. In November 2010, Bill was named an Arch Angel of New Zealand for "remarkable contributions to angel investing."

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. Bill has a cumulative 120 years of Board service for private companies and not-for-profit organizations. See his eBook, the Definitive Guide to Raising Money from Angels. He and his wife Ann are residents of Whitefish, Montana and Henderson, Nevada.