Bill Oesterle

William S. Oesterle (’83), known as Bill, founded Angie’s List, Inc. in January 1995 and was its Chief Executive Officer from January 1999 until June 2015.  Prior to that Mr. Oesterle served as a partner with CID Equity Partners,  served as administrative assistant to Indiana Gov. Robert Orr, with responsibility for international trade and relations, and was director of corporate affairs for the Hudson Institute, a public policy research institute. In 1999, Indianapolis Business Journal selected Mr. Oesterle as a “Forty Under 40” honoree for his outstanding professional achievements.

Although people know Oesterle for Angie’s List and for being the Republican who ran Mitch Daniels’ successful gubernatorial campaign, bringing talented people to Indiana was his passion.  His latest ventures: TMap, his startup, and MakeMyMove, a service within TMap, recruits remote workers to Indiana on behalf of clients, including universities and towns.

Oesterle served on the Board of Directors for Purdue University and The National Bank of Indianapolis.  In addition, he founded and served on the Board of Directors of the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program and established the Germaine Seelye Oesterle Chair in History and the Olga Oesterle England Professorship of Information Technology at Purdue University.

Oesterle graduated from Purdue University in 1987 with an honors degree in economics.  He went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1992 where he was awarded a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship.  The Harvard MBA gave Oesterle the entrepreneurial training that led him to co-found Angie’s List.

Oesterle’s WLHS activities included wrestling, football, and the yearbook. He was an officer of his class and a member of the debate team where he was the National Debate runner-up.  Oesterle started running cross country in high school and his love for running continued throughout most of his life.

Oesterle’s awards include Sagamore of the Wabash (2012), Michael A. Carroll Award (2022), Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation Award (2022), TechPoint’s Trailblazer Award (2022), and Indiana Society of Chicago Hoosier of the Year Award (2022).

Oesterle was diagnosed with ALS in 2019 and passed away in 2023.

Bill’s love of learning started at WLHS and was reflected in his commitment towards education throughout his lifetime. He was always curious and wanted to learn more about the world around him.