Ryan Popple

General Partner

Former Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and an early employee at Tesla.

Ryan has been building and investing in technology start-ups since 2007 in the San Francisco Bay Area. An early employee at Tesla (2007-2010), he served as the Senior Director of Finance, building out the finance team and support[ing] multiple rounds of venture financing, long-term debt and the initial public offering. He joined Kleiner Perkins as an investment partner in 2010, and sourced, led or supported investments in companies including Proterra, Charge Point, INRIX, Choose Energy, Twitter and Telogis. After serving in Board Director and Board Observer roles, he joined Proterra full-time in 2014 as the CEO. Ryan has a passion for technology companies and start-up teams bringing positive change to markets, communities and the environment.

Ryan serves on the Executive Board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Business Advisory Board of the California League of Conservation Voters, and the Board of Trustees for SeaCrest School. He attended the College of William & Mary via Army ROTC, served four years on active duty as a US Army officer, and attended Harvard Business School, graduating as a Baker Scholar.