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eSIG: The Legends
January 17 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Our first honoree for 2020 is Bill Nussey, MBA’96. Bill Nussey is the founder of the Freeing Energy Project and the CEO of Solar Inventions. Prior to his shift to clean energy, Bill spent most of his career as a tech CEO. His first company, which he co-founded in high school, provided graphics software for early, text-based personal computers. His second company, Da Vinci Systems, was started out of his college dorm room and grew to serve millions of users across 45 countries. Later, he spent several years as a venture capitalist with Greylock. In 1998, he left the firm to run a portfolio company, iXL, which went public and grew to almost $500 million in revenue. After iXL, he joined Silverpop as CEO. Silverpop grew to nearly $100 million and became a global leader in cloud-based marketing. In 2014, IBM acquired the company and made it the foundation of the IBM Marketing Cloud. Shortly after the acquisition, Bill was promoted to VP Corporate Strategy out of IBM’s world headquarters in New York. Bill’s companies have created thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in value.
The mission of the Freeing Energy Project is to help non-industry people understand the huge economic opportunity of the transition to clean energy. The project is primarily a book that will be available in 2020 but also includes a podcast series, weekly articles and a TED talk. To research the project, Bill has traveled across the world and interviewed more than 250 people.
In 2018, Bill co-founded Solar Inventions. Based at Georgia Tech’s ATDC incubator, the company’s mission is to commercialize a set of scientific breakthroughs for improving silicon photovoltaics.
Bill received a degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He holds several patents, has published two books and sits on several commercial and non-profit boards. Bill and his family are involved in a handful of projects providing off-grid, resilient electricity in places like East Africa and Puerto Rico.
The eSIG meets at 7:30 am on Friday mornings and a light buffet breakfast is served. Meetings are held at the offices of Morris, Manning & Martin conveniently located at the Atlanta Financial Center on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Come join Moderator Steve Kirschner, MBA’86 and don’t forget to sign up early; we limit the attendees at each Friday morning meeting to 50 people.