Bill McAleer ’73 is a founder of Voyager Capital, a Seattle-based venture firm with $450 million under management investing in software and digital-media companies on the West Coast, with offices also in Portland, Oregon, and Silicon Valley, California. He has over 30 years of senior executive and investing experience in the information technology and hospitality industries. He has served on 26 public and private boards and currently serves on the boards of portfolio companies AnswerDash, Art2Wave, Patent Navigation, Placecast, and Yapta.
Prior to starting Voyager in 1997, McAleer was president of e.liance Partners, a firm advising and investing in early-stage technology companies. He served as vice president of finance, chief financial officer, and secretary of Aldus from 1988 to 1994 until managing its successful merger with Adobe. He also was a senior executive with Westin Hotels from 1979 to 1987.
McAleer is active in several industry organizations, including serving as a director for the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), and he is a member of the advisory boards for DEMO (one of the industry’s premier events), the Canadian Financing Forum, Harris Private Bank (part of BMO Financial Group), and Thayer Ventures.
He was also a Cornell University trustee from 2012 to 2016; serves on the advisory boards for Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurship at Cornell. He has also been involved with the alumni committees for the new Cornell College of Business. In addition, McAleer is the past chair and current member of the Advisory Board for the University of Washington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He earned a BS in hotel administration and an MBA from Cornell University.