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William Osborn, Investment Manager

William Osborn is a Boston venture capital manager who has also been an entrepreneur, management consultant and attorney. He has been a special partner with Arete Corporation, which manages $135 million in utility industry investments, where he has been responsible for monitoring investments in companies in the telecommunications, software and energy industries. Prior to that he was a principal at Venture Investment Management Company, LLC (VIMAC), which manages "angel" investments in early stage companies. 

At VIMAC Mr. Osborn focused on energy, environmental, education and healthcare opportunities. Mr. Osborn has been an entrepreneur in the environmental and energy field, founding and managing an electric vehicle distribution subsidiary for a major utility company and starting a business development consulting firm. He also co-managed a venture capital fund for automaker BMW and was a management consultant with Arthur D. Little, where he led a consulting practice involved with new energy technologies and managed due diligence for investment companies evaluating acquisition candidates. 

Prior to his consulting work, Mr. Osborn practiced law and managed a state government office promoting solar energy. Mr. Osborn sits on the boards of several start-up and expansion-stage companies, including Evergreen Solar, Inc. (photovoltaic modules), World Power Technologies, Inc. (power quality instrumentation), Evolutionary Technologies, Inc. (enterprise software for applications integration), Surgical Sealants, Inc. (surgical wound products), Fingerlakes Aquaculture LLC (recycled-water aquaculture), and Conservation Services Group (energy efficiency services). He is a founding Trustee of the Domini Social Equity Fund and Board Member of Investors’ Circle, where he has also chaired the Selection Committee that chooses companies to present to members for investment. He has a BA from Princeton University and a JD from George Washington Law School. [email protected]


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