Known affectionately as Bill, he passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, December 28.
William K. Bowes, Jr. was the founder of U.S. Venture Partners and one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley and venture capital, bringing wealth and prominence to California and the U.S. economy as a whole.
As a senior partner in corporate finance at Blyth & Co., he was the lead underwriter of both Hewlett-Packard and Raychem. He was also a personal investor in many early startups that later defined Silicon Valley.
Incepted in 1981 and today led by Steve Krausz Rick Lewis, Jon Root, Casey Tansey, Jacques Benkoski, and Dafina Toncheva, U.S. Venture Partners focuses on early-stage startups that innovate cybersecurity, enterprise software, consumer mobile and e-commerce, and healthcare.
In over three decades, the firm has invested in over 400 companies including Box, Castlight Health, Check Point Software, Concur, GoPro, Guidewire Software, HotelTonight, Imperva, InsideSales.com, Intersect ENT, Omada Health, OncoMed, SanDisk, Sun Microsystems, Trunk Club, Trusteer, Yammer, and Zerto.