Bill is the Founder, President and CEO of Boom Financial, the makers of BOOM, the first mobile bank account for the US immigrant population and their extended families abroad. Boom members utilize their mobile phone as a simple bank account and can initiate cross border and domestic money transfers, bill payment, and other financial services directly from their mobile phone in english, spanish and creole. There are over 40,000 Boom Merchants, ATM's and Agents throughout the Americas.
Before his current mission to make financial services accessible to billions of people, Bill was an early employee of Netscape where he designed hosted systems for telecom companies and retail banks, worked for Goldman Sachs designing trading systems and was a research engineer for both NASA and the CIA. Bill received the Technology Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum in 2000.
Bill has studied Computer Science, Computational Mathematics, Graphic Design and Sabermetrics!
Born in New York City, Bill has also lived in Washington DC, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, the Bavarian Alps, and Hoboken.
TED2015, TED2014, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010, TED2009
Areas of Expertise
Mobile Technology, Angel investing, Venture Capital, Entrepeneurship, Start up and business mentoring, Bitcoin
An idea worth spreading
The opportunity to leverage the mobile phone and cellular networks to improve the lives of the "bottom of the income pyramid" is unprecedented in global history. Enabling money transfer, The Internet of Things, Micro-finance, P2P Lending, Insurance/Savings, Mobile Healthcare and Mobile Education via the mobile phone and cellular networks is an unprecedented opportunity to begin the process of lifting a billion people out of poverty. Everyone deserves the chance to become an educated, skilled, self sufficient, positive contributing members of society.
I'm passionate about
... financial inclusion
... science & technology
Talk to me about
Bitcoin & Smart Contracts
Arduino & Robots in the Classroom
The Internet of Things
People don't know I'm good at
My TED story
At TED 2008 I met a TED Fellow who became my catalyst for creating the Boom Foundation and our work in Haiti. She encouraged me to spend time with non-commercial organizations such as the US State Department, USAID and other organizations that have shown me how our company could ultimately do more than just help the middle of the income pyramid and focus on the poorest of nations that could also take advantage of what we have to offer. I am very grateful to TED for the role they have played in shaping the last few years of my life.