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Featured Profile: Bill Turpin


Bill Turpin downloads technology expertise at the Missouri Innovation Center.

Turpin leads the Missouri Innovation Center (MIC), a non-profit organization which specializes in assistance to entrepreneurial technology firms. MIC manages the University of Missouri Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place, which cultivates startup businesses.

Before his arrival at MU, Turpin spent 36 years at the center of the technology revolution. His career began at Texas Instruments, where he created artificial intelligence software products, including an expert system tool that Boeing used to design wing flaps. In 1988, he turned to entrepreneurism. He moved to Silicon Valley, where he developed new technologies and companies for the next 24 years. In total, Turpin founded six technology startups, one of which pioneered the use of dynamically created web pages and invented the JavaScript programming language.

Turpin now works with MU faculty and students, as well as local entrepreneurs, to start and grow technology-based companies. “I enjoy mentoring people who are thinking about starting a company,” he says. “I hope I can help them create new products that will make the world a better place.”

Bill Turpin is President and CEO of the Missouri Innovation Center. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri and an Executive MBA from the University of Texas.

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