Bill Turpin

Bill Turpin

Director, Missouri Innovation Center



Bill is President and CEO of the Missouri Innovation Center (MIC) in Columbia, Missouri. Bill works with faculty and students from the University of Missouri and local entrepreneurs to start and grow technology-based companies. MIC also operates the MU Life Science Business Incubator with over 20 clients commercializing new technologies in areas such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, animal health, agriculture, and alternative energy.

Bill has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the computer software industry. Over the course of his career, he has identified and led the market in significant technology shifts, including Windows, the Internet, and 3D virtual worlds. One of his startups pioneered the use of dynamically created web pages and invented the JavaScript programming language. He has been the founding CEO of four startups and a senior executive at respected public companies including Netscape and Borland.

Over his career, Bill has financed, acquired, and sold a variety of high-tech companies. He has successfully secured investments from prominent venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins, and was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Redpoint Ventures. He participated in the ground breaking Netscape IPO in 1995 and served as a mentor and angel investor to many Silicon Valley startups.

Bill has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri and an Executive MBA from the University of Texas.