William "Bing" Gordon is a video game executive and technology venture capitalist. He served ten years as Chief Creative Officer of video game publisher and developer Electronic Arts (EA) prior to his current partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). He was a founding director of Audible.com and has served on several high profile Boards of Directors including Amazon, Ngmoco, and Zynga.
Gordon in 2009
|Alma mater||Yale University and Stanford University|
|Occupation||Partner at |
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
|Spouse(s)||Debra Gordon (née Radabaugh)|
|Children||Chloe and Allegra Gordon|
|Parent(s)||William and Barbara Gordon|
|Awards||Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)|
Gordon graduated from Cranbrook School in 1968. He studied drama and literature and earned a BA from Yale University. He moved to the Bay Area where he received an MBA from Stanford in 1978 after acting for a period in New York City.
After working as an account executive at the advertising firm Ogilvy and Mather, Gordon joined EA in 1982 while it was an early-stage start-up, working as a one person marketing department. As the company grew, Gordon continued to drive marketing strategy and execution. Gordon became more involved on the creative side after a few years, working directly with game teams on concepts, helping to flesh out game designs, and providing feedback on the games as they took shape in development. In 1998 he was named Chief Creative Officer of EA. In 2005, he took a faculty chair position at the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Division after EA invested in the fledgling program. On April 28, 2008 Gordon announced plans to leave EA to join the venture capital KPCB starting June 2008.
- "Team Member Bing Gordon". Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2009.
- "Kleiner Perkins Partner Bing Gordon: LinkedIn Is A Game, And Your Job Will Be Gamified". Fast Company. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "Bing Gordon leaves Electronic Arts to join Kleiner Perkins | VentureBeat". venturebeat.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "MOVES-Long-time Amazon director Bing Gordon steps down from board". Reuters. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "Special Awards". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "With latest accolade, the future is Bing Gordon's game (exclusive interview) | GamesBeat". venturebeat.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
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