William K. (Bill) Bryant is a partner at DFJ. Bill has had early and instrumental involvement in more than 25 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 (Nokia), 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 Swype (Nuance), Vizify (Yahoo), Banyan Branch (Deloitte), Loudeye (Nokia), AEI Music (Liberty Media), Viafone (Extended Systems), Teamplate (Captaris), Exstatic Software (Xchange Applications), Throw (Excite), Singing Fish (Thomson/AOL); NearMe (Hands On Mobile); and WebRelevance (Medio). For DFJ, he has led investments in Mpire (comScore), Varolii (Nuance), Clipboard (Salesforce), and Alpental (Google).
Bill represents DFJ on the boards of Bright Computing, Chef, Ping Identity, Z2Live, Remitly, and The Clymb. In addition to his DFJ investments, he is an active angel investor with investments in Winshuttle, LiquidPlanner, Bonanza, and Socrata.
Bill received a BA in European history, an MBA, and his PhD candidacy in business strategy, all from the University of Washington. He holds a patent for an electronic commerce network.