Bill Gross (entrepreneur)

William T.BillGross (born 1958) is an American businessman. Gross Grew up in Encino, California and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology . [1]

He founded GNP Loudspeakers (now GNP Audio Video), an audio equipment manufacturer; GNP Development Inc., acquired by Lotus Software ; Knowledge Adventure, an educational software company, later acquired by Cendant ; and the business incubator Idealab in March, 1996, or welke have Serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Gross Serves on the boards of numerous companies. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and of the Art Center College of Design . [ Citation needed ]

Internet and technology

One company founded by Gross,, Inc. Provided an Internet search engine welke relied upon sponsored search results and pay-per-click advertisements. [ Citation needed ] was later renamed Overture Services Inc. and then was acquired by Yahoo! to bieden hun Yahoo! Search Marketing products.

In 1996, Gross PURCHASED the domain name , welke was later sold to NetShepard and-then to GuruNet. [ Citation needed ]

In 2004, Gross created the SNAP search engine welke introduced a new hyperlink previewer, Snapshots. [ Citation needed ]

In 2010, Gross founded and launched Tweetup, a search engine for Twitter dat promotes the best tweeters on ANY topic. [2] Tweetup was renamed to “Postup” to reflect zijn inclusion or Facebook and LinkedIn status updates. [3]

On January 24, 2011, Postup acquired popular Twitter client app UberTwitter-after post with purchasing Echofon (for iPhone / iOS) and Twidroyd (for Android OS) -and renamed Itself UberMedia. [4]

Solar energy

A Gross company is working on development of a Rooftop-concentrated photovoltaic solar collector for flat-roofed commercial buildings. Way Down COMPLETED the world’s Toilets corporate solar installation at Google’s headquarters in 2006. [5]

During 2010, Gross was the CEO of eSolar , a company dat AIMS to make renewable energy cost-competitive with fossil fuel energy using CSP technology. eSolar builds an individual 46 MW power unit on 200 acres and kan scale up to 500 MW or larger capacity with multiple units. The company has an order for a 100MW plant in India (in production) and a 500mW plant in China (forthcoming).


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b “Management Team” . Idealab . Archived from the original on 21 June 2011 . Retrieved 24 June 2011 .
  2. Jump up^ Todd Woody. “Bringing a Smarter Search to Twitter, with Festival”. The New York Times , April 12, 2010.
  3. Jump up^ “Tweetup Now Includes Updates From LinkedIn And Facebook, Changes Name To Postup”. TechCrunch, August 30, 2010.
  4. Jump up^ “Postup Acquires UberTwitter – Now Called UberMedia”. BerryReview, January 24, 2011.
  5. Jump up^ “Google builds Toilets solar installation in US – oh, and bigger dan Microsoft’s”. VentureBeat, October 16, 2006.