Primary Role
Venture Partner @ Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
3 Investments in 3 Companies

Person Details


William K. (Bill) Bryant has had early and instrumental involvement in over twenty five leading software, Internet, mobile and digital media companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor and Board Member.

He has had founding roles with Visio (now part of Microsoft), Netbot (acquired by Excite), Qpass (acquired by Amdocs), Medio Systems and Mixxer.

In these founding capacities, Bill drove definition of the core product and market strategy; raised >$150M in venture capital; recruited senior management teams; and built customer, partner and channel relationships in launching software products, Internet and mobile services.

Bill was the first investor in Isilon Systems (now part of EMC) and an early investor in Loudeye (Nokia), AEI Music (DMX/Liberty Media), Viafone (Extended Systems), Teamplate (Captaris), Exstatic Software (Xchange Applications), Throw (Excite), Singing Fish (Thomson/AOL); NearMe (Hands On Mobile) and WebRelevance (Medio).

Bill represents DFJ on the Boards of Z2Live, Opscode, Varolii and Adxpose, and is an observer on Clipboard. In addition to his DFJ investments, he is an active angel investor with investments in Swype, Winshuttle, LiquidPlanner, Bonanza and Socrata.

Bill received a BA in European History, an MBA, and his Ph.D. Candidacy in Business Strategy, all from the University of Washington. He holds a patent for an electronic commerce network

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Investments (3)

  • Vizify
    Vizify operates an online portal that enables users to create interactive profiles.
    Mar 3, 2012 - Invested in $1.4M Seed Round with 7 others
  • Banyan Branch
    Banyan Branch is a pure social media agency that enables brands and companies to harness the power of social media for their benefit.
    Oct 3, 2011 - Invested in $1.7M Series A with 7 others
  • Chef
    Chef is an automation platform that transforms infrastructure into code.
    Apr 24, 2009 - Invested in $2.5M Series A with 1 other