William 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, Mixxer and Airworks. 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); WebRelevance (Medio) and Mpire (comScore).
Bill represents DFJ on the Boards of Z2Live, Opscode, Varolii and Ping Identity. In addition to his DFJ investments, he is an active angel investor with investments in Swype, Winshuttle, LiquidPlanner, Bonanza, Socrata, Vizify, Banyan Branch and Clipboard.
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.