Will Poole is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor. He is co-founder and managing partner of Capria Ventures, a global financial services firm leading, partnering with and funding the largest network of fund managers collaborating to deliver superior returns and scaled impact in emerging markets. Capria’s network of fund manager partners have over USD $500 million in assets under management as of 2020 and target to have more than $1 billion under management by the end of 2021. Will also co-founded Unitus Ventures, India’s leading profit-first impact fund that invests in early-stage businesses with India scale and global potential, specializing in the areas of ed-tech, job-tech, health-tech, and financial inclusion. Focused on local innovation as well, Will is a managing director of The W Fund, a Seattle-based tech and life-sciences fund affiliated with the University of Washington.
Will serves on boards of African health systems transformer Village Reach, Global Washington, and blended-finance pioneer Convergence. In his technology career, he was a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft where during his decade+ tenure he led several business lines, including the USD $13 billion Windows client business, where he also initiated the company’s efforts to tailor products to the needs of mass-market customers in emerging markets. Will’s career started by founding startups at the dawn of the PC era, working in the early days at Sun Microsystems, and pioneering e-commerce at eShop, which he co-founded in 1991 and was acquired by Microsoft in 1996.
Will received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Brown University in 1983, where he currently advises the university on technology strategy. He lives in Seattle Washington and is married to Janet Levinger, a tireless innovator in private and public education, board governance, and other social causes in the Pacific Northwest; they have two grown children who live in Seattle and LA.
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