Will Poole is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor. He is co-founder and managing partner of Capria Ventures, a global VC firm with expertise investing in fintech, agtech/food, edtech, jobtech, logistics/mobility, and healthcare, with an unwavering focus on the Global South. Capria invests at the early-growth stage in soonicorn startups from the region to help them hyper-scale. Capria partners with the best local and regional fund managers, delivering value to them and their portfolio CEOs via South-to-South and South-to-North expertise and networks. Capria seeks superior market returns while aligning work with the UN SDGs and global best practices in ESG and impact management. Will also co-founded Unitus Ventures, India’s leading venture fund that invests in early-stage businesses with India scale and global potential, specializing in the areas of ed-tech, job-tech, and fintech. 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.