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Bryan Schreier

  • Seed/Early
You can do it.

Backstory

Most of my learned behavior comes from early on. My father guided me to a service-oriented high school and I am grateful for the mentality I learned there, which ties to the work I do today. The best role for me is behind the scenes, supporting the great founders, teams and companies of tomorrow.

I’ve never run a big company, but at Google, I did get to learn from one of the great leaders of our time. She taught me how to take a team from zero to thousands and how to creatively address any challenge in front of me. She also taught me about loyalty and how to fight for your people.

I derive great fulfillment from helping others achieve their full potential. That is what I do; it’s what gets me up in the morning. It is not about me—and I like it that way. I’m less active on Twitter and typically not to be found at conferences because I’m better deployed as a partner to founders solving problems. It’s part allergy and part focus. Anything more than a degree away from supporting a company or founder feels like misused time.

On the lookout for

We try not to specialize. Any company with the ability to somehow rewire an industry is compelling to me. When we met Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi in 2007, it was just the two of them, working in a tiny Russian Hill apartment. After one pre-launch demo, it was clear to us that they had the vision and the skills to make Dropbox the center of people’s digital world.

I look for audacious authenticity. The audacious part is that it has to be a big idea that will truly make a difference in the world. But to me, authenticity is most important. Someone who understands a problem space better than anyone else will be the absolute best steward for their company. They’re never going to give up on their idea, and no one can compete with their instincts and commitment.

My goal is to be a founder’s first call. That’s not something you can add to a term sheet. It has to be earned—through trust, delivery and being there when things are messy and hard. Real company-building is not glamorous work. I thrive on partnering with people who will make a dent in tomorrow—and on being there with whatever they need to maximize that dent.

Get in touch with Bryan

Personal Side

  • Family
  • Surfing
  • Music (I've played in bands most of my life)

Press & Media

Companies

Current Companies

Company Name  Short Description Current Stage  Founders First Partnered  collapse
AaltoAalto is the fastest growing home buying and selling marketplace in the Bay Area.Early
  • Jon Carpenter
  • Nicholas Narodny
Seed (2019)Collapse
AnrokAnrok is an end-to-end compliance solution for finance leaders of SaaS businesses.Early
  • Kannan Goundan
  • Michelle Valentine
Seed (2020)Collapse
Clipboard HealthClipboard Health helps healthcare professionals by matching them with open shifts nearby. Growth
  • Wei Deng
Growth (2022)Collapse
Domino Data LabDomino Data Lab helps data scientists build and deploy AI applications.Growth
  • Nick Elprin
  • Matthew Granade
  • Chris Yang
Early (2016)Collapse
ElevateElevate is a cognitive-training app that encourages lifelong learning.Early
  • Jesse Pickard
Early (2012)Collapse
FrontFront is a communication hub for building strong customer relationships.Growth
  • Mathilde Collin
  • Laurent Perrin
Growth (2017)Collapse
Hearsay SystemsHearsay Systems is a client-engagement platform.Growth
  • Steve Garrity
  • Clara Shih
Early (2010)Collapse
JoroJoro is a consumer app that makes it easier to live sustainably.Growth
  • Sanchali Pal
Seed (2019)Collapse
RetoolRetool is the fastest way to build internal applications.Growth
  • David Hsu
Early (2019)Collapse
ThumbtackThumbtack is an online platform for managing the home.Growth
  • Jonathan Swanson
  • Marco Zappacosta
Early (2013)Collapse
ZumZūm is an end-to-end student transportation solution for school districts of any size.Growth
  • Abhishek Garg
  • Vivek Garg
  • Ritu Narayan
Early (2017)Collapse

Enduring Companies

Company Name  Short Description Current Stage  Founders First Partnered  collapse
CleverClever is an educational technology platform.Acquired
  • Tyler Bosmeny
  • Dan Carroll
  • Rafael Garcia
Early (2013)Collapse
DropboxDropbox is a collaboration and storage platform transforming the way teams work.IPO
  • Arash Ferdowsi
  • Drew Houston
Seed (2007)Collapse
QualtricsQualtrics builds operating systemS for experience management.IPO
  • Jared Smith
  • Ryan Smith
Early (2012)Collapse
TruliaTrulia, now part of Zillow, is a real estate search engine.IPO
  • Peter Flint
  • Sami Inkinen
Early (2007)Collapse