Frank Williams

Venture Partner

Previous Experience
  • Evolent Health — Co-founder, CEO, Chairman
  • Advisory Board Company — CEO, Chairman
  • Helix, Nayya, Foodsmart, Trusted Health, Wellth — Board of Directors
  • Harvard Business School, MBA and University of California Berkeley, B.A. Political Economies of Industrial Societies

What does our value "Defining Healthcare" mean to you?

There are countless examples of what we can do better in healthcare. Whether it’s engaging patients more effectively to manage their health, addressing long standing health equity challenges, or ensuring providers are getting the support they need to manage increasing administrative and clinical complexity, it’s clear we need to deliver better outcomes.. The idea that we can collectively identify innovations that are addressing current gaps is incredibly exciting and motivating. What bigger impact could you possibly have?

Of course, healthcare is incredibly complex, which makes disrupting the industry incredibly challenging. Those that cultivate the relationships they need while diving deep into the problem they’re trying to solve are ultimately going to be the ones that win..

There are so many things you need to get right when building a company and Define Ventures is in a unique position to truly help founders get there — thanks to their vision and experience, and just as importantly their drive.

What does our value "Defining Partnership" mean to you?

Partnership is about the notion of shared responsibility and really working collaboratively for the best outcome for the company, as well as the constituents they serve. Partnering is very easy when things are going well, but what about when things get tough? Is your partner still as collaborative, and working to solve problems or do they have one foot in and one foot out? A great partner is just as committed and aligned in the difficult times as they are in the good times.

What does our value "Defining Leadership" mean to you?

At the core of every great leader is a compelling vision with strong values. It’s a willingness to leap forward and create strong environments for their team to not only perform but to thrive, all the while balancing the needs of multiple constituencies. Leaders who want to build a truly great organization need to be committed and relentless in bringing their vision to life.