Bryan Stolle

Bryan joined Mohr Davidow in 2008. He made the move to venture capital after a two decade career that began at Ross Perot’s Electronic Data Systems (EDS) with stops at three technology start-up companies, all of which became market leaders.  The most recent, Agile Software, he started in 1995. At Agile, which led the creation of  a new category now called product lifecycle management (PLM), Bryan served as CEO from start-up through a public offering and secondary that raised over $500M; executed on almost two dozen private and public M&A transactions; steered a major strategy shift following the bursting of the B2B bubble in 2001 that required rebuilding the management team and board and led to the eventual acquisition of the company by Oracle at a revenue run-rate that was more than double its peak during the B2B bubble.  

Bryan’s two plus decade journey in technology startups included the raising of over half a billion dollars in private and public capital, the creation of well over $1B in revenues, and returns to venture investors exceeding $1B on less than $30M of venture capital.

“All of those stats are great, but they were really just a way for our team at Agile to measure our progress and success.  I’m far more proud of the team and the culture we built at Agile, and the incredible customer satisfaction and value we achieved.   That’s how you build great companies that build real value – great people working together to create great products and deliver customer success.”

One of his early investors was Mohr Davidow. "As an entrepreneur, I always heard MDV referred to as “the guys in the white hats,” he adds. “They have always had a reputation for working with the entrepreneur to make them successful.  Joining MDV was a natural fit for me, as both an entrepreneur, and as a big believer in the importance of team and culture to a company’s success.”

As an investor, Bryan draws on a wide range of experience as an operating executive and entrepreneur. “I’ve seen a lot, both good and bad, and I know what entrepreneurs are going to face,” he says. 

Bryan believes companies have only begun tapping  into the Web’s potential as a vehicle for attracting and serving customers, and being the platform for commerce.  “It was the web that allowed Agile to take advantage of the whole outsourcing transformation, and distance ourselves from the competition by being a web first mover – and you can do so much more in today’s incredibly rich and social web. Marketing, writ large, is transforming from an art to a science.  It just keeps getting better and better in this incredibly connected and rich world we inhabit."

Facts & Stats

  • Holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Serves on the advisory boards of the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.                
  • Led the design, development, and/or market launch of products that have generated over $1B in revenues.
  • Delivered over $1B in returns to investors on less than $30M in venture capital.
  • Is an avid Texas Longhorn sports fan, especially football.
  • Serves on the boards of the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum and Montalvo Arts Center.