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Bill Porter

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Member of the Firm
Phone: 415.407.5762 
Email: bporter@outsidegc.com

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Bill Porter is a member at Outside GC, where he concentrates his practice on emerging technology companies, with an emphasis on general corporate and transactional matters and building scalable operational infrastructure to support aggressive sales and company growth associated with early stage startups.

Bill’s experience includes over 20 years in the technology world both in Silicon Valley and on the east coast. He began his career in the Washington DC office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, before moving to Cooley Godward’s Technology Transactions Group based in Palo Alto. Since his law firm days, he has practiced as in-house counsel and as an on-demand consultant. Most recently, Bill was Head of Business Operations and Legal at ThousandEyes, a Sequoia backed SaaS company focused on the network intelligence space. Prior to that, Bill held senior in-house roles at Workday, Inc and Advent Software.

Over his career, Bill has represented scores of growth companies in different stages of their life cycles, including Google, nVidia, Applied Materials, and Adobe. 

Outside of the office, Bill volunteers at and is a board member of Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, a nonprofit aimed at rescuing and re-homing Labrador retrievers throughout the Bay Area – two of whom have found their way to permanent homes with Bill and his wife, Kirsten.

Bill earned a J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1997, after obtaining his B.A. cum laude in Economics, History and Political Science from Duke University in 1994.


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