Will Poole is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor. He is co-founder and managing partner of Capria Ventures, a global financial services firm that partners with and invests in impact fund managers in developing markets of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Capria’s fund manager partners currently have USD $265 million in assets under management and target to have more than $750 million under management by 2020. Will also co-founded Unitus Ventures, India’s leading impact fund that invests in early-stage businesses innovating for the masses, specializing in the areas of ed-tech, health-tech, and financial inclusion. Focused on local innovation as well, Will is a managing director of W Fund, a Seattle-based tech and life-sciences investor affiliated with the University of Washington.
Will serves on boards of Village Reach, Global Washington, Impact HUB Seattle, and blended-finance pioneer Convergence Blended Finance. In his technology career, he was a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft where during his 13-year 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 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 and other social causes in the Pacific Northwest; they have two grown children who live in Seattle and LA.