Bill Douglass, Principal, Gotham Communications
Consultant, award-winning writer (The Economist), PR and social media maven, world traveler, non-smoker, Bill Douglass is founder and principal at Gotham Communications, a New York City-area consultancy and boutique communications agency, founded in January 2010.
A noted authority and speaker on PR and social media, Bill has advised firms including CompUSA and Live Nation on social strategy, and has been quoted as a Social Media Strategist in the AP, E-Commerce Times, MSN Money and elsewhere. In a March 2009 E-Commerce Times article he predicted that by September of that year Twitter would be valued at $1B, which came to pass exactly on schedule.
Bill has consulted with a wide variety of clients, both public and private, including Amyris Biotechnologies (Nasdaq: AMRS), BioDelivery Sciences (Nasdaq: BDSI), BioTime (Amex: BTIM), Gentiva Health Services (Nasdaq: GTIV), IncrediMail (Nasdaq: MAIL) Live Nation (NYSE: LYV), Systemax (NYSE: SYX), Nielsen, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Before starting Gotham, Bill held a VP-level position with Brainerd Communicators, and prior to that was Deputy Director, Financial/Corporate Communications at the Investor Relations Group, managing media relations campaigns for a variety of public firms.
In earlier years Bill was with a PR/promotions agency, P&F Communications, working with clients such as Focus Features, New Line, and ShoWest (largest annual movie industry convention).
Bill was previously with a non-profit, ORBIS, spearheading eye surgery programs on-board its DC-10 aircraft, the world’s only flying eye hospital, in 20+ countries.
A lifelong traveler, Bill has worked in or visited nearly 60 countries and every continent except Antarctica.
Bill won the first Shell / Economist magazine Writing Prize, a worldwide futurist writing competition. The judging panel, which included Esther Dyson and Sir Mark Moody-Stewart, chose his entry over 3,000 submitted from 75 countries, awarding him the $20,000 First Prize.