Bill McDonagh

Venture Partner

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Bill has over 30 years of financial and operating management experience in media and technology companies.  He has been an officer and Board member of several companies, both public and private. 

Bill has been a Venture Partner with Walden since 2000.  During his tenure, he has also served as the interim CFO at a Pandora (2004-2010), Scientific Revenue, Boombotix, Aarki, Blue Lithium and Real Girls Media Network.  . Before joining Walden, Bill was the CFO and later President, COO and Director of Brøderbund Software (BROD), a leading consumer software company. He joined Brøderbund in 1982, shortly after its founding, and served as its first CFO.  Over the next 16 years, he oversaw substantially all of the company's operations and helped guide its growth to $250 million in annual revenues, over a thousand employees and a billion dollar market capitalization. Under Bill's leadership, Brøderbund was one of the most respected and profitable companies in the consumer software sector.  Prior to Brøderbund, Bill was in the audit division of Arthur Andersen in Chicago, where he obtained his CPA certificate.

Bill has chaired the audit committees for NASDAQ companies Design Within Reach (DWRI) and Purple Communications (PRPL) as well as being a Director at Brøderbund.  He has also served on several private company and not-for-profit boards, including Apollo International, icPlanet, Hands-On Video Relay Services and Carlston Family Foundation.


Bill received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Golden Gate University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.