BILL BRYANT, SEATTLE, WA
Bill Bryant has had early and instrumental involvement in over twenty leading software, Internet and mobile companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor and Board Member. Startups where he was a member of the founding team include Visio Corporation (founding VP of Sales & Marketing); Netbot (the creators of Jango, the first comparison shopping agent for the Internet, as well as the first metasearch engine, Metcrawler) where he was President; Qpass (now part of Amdocs) where he served as CEO and later Chairman; and Medio Systems (the leader in mobile search), where he continues as a strategic advisor. In these founding capacities, Bill drove definition of the core product and market strategy; raised more than $125M in venture capital; recruited senior management teams; and built customer, partner and channel relationships in launching over 40 products. He is currently a venture partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he serves on the Board of mPire and its subsidiary, Widgetbucks, and a Connectivity Partner with Appian Ventures.
Bill is a founding investor in Pluggd, Conenza and mInfo; led Atlas Ventures original investment in Isilon Systems; and is an ongoing, active advisor to Cascadia Capital, blist, LiquidPlanner, Limeade, WinShuttle, Shelfari and Communitect. Current or recent Board roles include Pluggd, QL2 Software, ACL Services, Intrinsyc and Jabber.
Earlier in his career, Bill consulted extensively to Microsoft Corporation, Real Networks, Getty Images, and Corbis.
Bill is a popular speaker in the Northwest on technology, venture capital, entrepreneurship and startup topics. He received a B.A. in European History, an M.B.A., and his Ph.D. Candidacy in Business Strategy, all from the University of Washington. He holds a patent for an electronic commerce network.