William Carleton

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William Carleton

Bill represents serial entrepreneurs or their companies building services and products in VR, Robotics, FinTech, Distributed Manufacturing, Asset Tracking, EMR, and other new or resurgent industries. He also counsels founders on conflicts with other founders or boards, inventors and creatives on IP, and angel investors on diligence and deal terms.

Bill pays keen attention to developments in private offering exemptions available to emerging companies. His writings on how securities laws and the tech financing ecosystem are changing following the JOBS Act are widely published, including by the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, GeekWire, and the Angel Insights Blog.

With Angus Loten of the Wall Street Journal, Bill fielded questions in real-time on a "Live Chat: What Will the JOBS Act Mean for U.S. Start-Ups?" More recently, Bill moderated an ACA Webinar on "Investor and Entrepreneur Experiences with Accredited Investing Platforms." Bill frequently speaks at conferences on the topics of general solicitation, accredited investor verification, and the different choices emerging companies now have under Rule 506 of Regulation D.

Bill was one of the first people to sound the alarm over Wall Street reform legislation that would have caught startups in the crossfire and set angel investing back years. Together with startup attorney Joe Wallin, he worked with leaders of the Angel Capital Association to make sure legislators and regulators understood angel concerns and the way startups raise seed financing. These efforts resulted in a dramatic, last-minute Angel Investor Amendment to Dodd-Frank which was passed by voice vote on the Senate floor. Bill currently serves as volunteer chair of the Advisory Council to the ACA's Public Policy Committee.

In the early days of the Internet, Bill was the startup attorney for F5 Networks, Union Street, Tamarac and others, and also served on the boards of several ventures. He has served emerging companies in-house as well; in the early part of this century, he was General Counsel for Who's Calling, a pioneer in the call measurement and monitoring industry.


  • Cornell Law School, magna cum laude
  • Cornell University (M.F.A.), with distinction
  • Layfayette College


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