Will Poole is a serial entrepreneur and three-decade participant in the global VC ecosystem.
He is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Capria Ventures. He has been directly investing in startups since 1997 and developed wisdom beyond his years as he navigated the downturns of 2000 and 2008. His first institutional venture fund was raised for Capria’s predecessor Unitus Ventures, in 2012. He and his partners together manage nearly USD 200M AUM in companies spanning the Global South, from São Paulo to Nairobi to Bangalore to Jakarta.
In his big tech career, Will was a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, leading several business lines, including the $13 billion Windows client business, representing ⅔ of the company profits at the time. After that role, he led the company’s efforts to tailor products to the needs of mass-market customers in emerging markets.
Will’s career started by founding two startups at the dawn of the PC era, growing a USD 200M business line 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 serves as a strategic advisor to African health systems transformer Village Reach, and as a board member of blended-finance leader Convergence Finance. He is also the Managing Director of The W Fund, a Seattle-based tech and life-sciences fund affiliated with the University of Washington.
Will received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Brown University in 1983. He lives in Seattle 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 San Francisco.