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Ryan Kuder
Techstars, Managing Director

Ryan is Managing Director at Techstars, the global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs succeed. He currently runs Techstars’ only virtual accelerator, Techstars Anywhere. Previously he launched and ran both the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, in San Diego, and the Virgin Media Accelerator, powered by Techstars, in London. With Techstars, Ryan has invested in over 40 promising early stage technology startups and mentored many more. As a 20+ year tech veteran, including stints as founder of several startups, and an executive at many more, Ryan has spent the majority of his career building startups from the ground up and has experienced all stages of the entrepreneurship lifecycle from two co-founders with a dream to multi-hundred million dollar exits. Prior to joining Techstars, Ryan was VP of Marketing for San Diego based ecoATM, makers of the robotic phone recycling kiosk, which was acquired by Outerwall. Ryan was also a founder at Neighborsville, Hi.Im, and Give2Schools, which all crashed and burned spectacularly. He previously held marketing and product roles at Yahoo, eBay, and Vodafone. He graduated from Georgetown University and is a Fellow in the Aspen Institute Business and Society program. Born and raised in Encinitas, CA, he now lives in Carlsbad, CA with his wife, three kids, a cat and a puggle and is a fan of craft beer, fish tacos, and the San Diego Padres.


Learn to introduce your startup the Techstars way. Techstars Managing Director Ryan Kuder will share his framework for constructing a super-powered 30 second elevator pitch. Know what points you need to hit and learn the best way to build a pitch that is short, but powerful. By the end of this interactive workshop you'll be the best in the room at introducing your company to potential investors, customers, partners, or anyone who needs to get your message fast.

*ASL interpreting is being provided by Jeenie mobile video interpreting