Tech Advancement

A More Powerful Economic Driver for Missouri

Story Contact: Laura Roloff, RoloffL@missouri.edu, 573-884-0023

Photo of Bill Turpin, MU’s interim associate vice chancellor for economic development, also works with faculty, students and local entrepreneurs to start and grow technology-based companies at the MU Life Science Business Incubator. Photo by Notley Hawkins.

Bill Turpin, MU’s interim associate vice chancellor for economic development, also works with faculty, students and local entrepreneurs to start and grow technology-based companies at the MU Life Science Business Incubator.

On Sept. 1, Bill Turpin began his new role as interim associate vice chancellor for economic development at MU. University leaders have charged him with launching new entrepreneurship programs to help students and faculty, creating more meaningful partnerships with industry, attracting sponsored research, and increasing revenue generated by technology advancement.

“We are building a more entrepreneurial culture and trying new ideas to make Mizzou a more effective economic driver for the state,” Turpin said.

To better support these goals, Mizzou’s economic development office has been restructured into three focus areas: Innovation and entrepreneurship, technology advancement and industry partnerships. And as part of the reorganization, the Office of Technology Management & Industry Relations will now be called the Technology Advancement Office. Turpin will continue fulfilling his responsibilities as president and CEO of the Missouri Innovation Center, located at the MU Life Science Business Incubator.

With more than 30 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, Bill has the insight and connections to help launch successful companies. Over the course of Bill’s 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 webpages and invented the JavaScript programming language.

Bill has been the founding CEO of four startups and a senior executive at respected public companies, including Netscape and Borland. He has financed, acquired, and sold a variety of high-tech companies and has successfully secured investments from prominent venture capitalist firms, including Kleiner Perkins. Bill was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Redpoint Ventures. He participated in the groundbreaking Netscape IPO in 1995, and along the way, served as a mentor and angel investor to many Silicon Valley startups.

Bill moved back to Columbia in 2014 to share his experience with promising entrepreneurs and build on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in mid-Missouri.

 

Last Updated: February 1, 2019