Bill Carpou is the CEO of Octane, a business accelerator for early stage companies.
Octane has created one of the nation's most dynamic ecosystems to enable technology
industry growth in Orange County by connecting people, resources and capital. Portfolio
companies have received more than $2.8b in capital since 2010. He is also the
founding partner of Visionary Ventures and Elevation Ventures; both provide series A
and growth capital to high quality companies.
Prior, Bill was an Operating Partner with The Blackstone Group, working with portfolio
companies to grow revenue and improve enterprise value. Bill relocated to Orange
County in 1998 as the President of IKON Office Solutions and held several positions
prior to leaving after the strategic exit of the company and acquisition by Ricoh
Corporation in 2007.
Bill has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Villanova University where he serves as
a board advisor for both the Villanova School of Business and the Villanova Institute of
Innovation. He is also a member of the Chief Executive Roundtable at the University of
California, Irvine. He resides in Laguna Niguel, California.