In the early days of his career, Popple was the Senior Director of Finance at Tesla Motors. He had considerable influence over the company and played an instrumental role in transitioning it from a private to a public company. His involvement with Tesla Motors also led to his involvement with the start-up Proterra.
According to his net worth estimates, Ryan Popple owns an 800-acre roe stalking farm in Scotland, near the Lockerbie bomb site. In addition, he is a board member at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Prior to joining G2 Venture Partners, Popple served as the Senior Director of Finance at Tesla motors, and he previously held several positions in the finance department.
Before entering the corporate world, Popple served in the United States Army. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School. He also won the Harvard Business School’s Baker Scholar program, which recognizes top students with extraordinary achievements.
As an active investor at Kleiner Perkins, Popple also held a senior position at Tesla Motors, where he was a senior financial analyst. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Popple also had a strong personal life. He was an active parent who worried about the effect of climate change on his children. The loss of Ryan Popple will be felt by many in his family.
In addition to being a founder and CEO of the successful company Proterra, Ryan Popple was also a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. His life’s mission was to improve the world for future generations. He also served four years in the United States Army as an Armor Cavalry officer. While in the military, he developed his leadership skills and values.
Ryan was married to Jennifer in 2001. The couple moved to Ft. Hood, Texas. Ryan then joined the Army and served with the 4th Infantry Division and the 1st Squadron of the 10th Cavalry Regiment. In the initial invasion of Iraq, he was deployed with his unit and was credited with making his unit move faster than any other.
While he worked for Tesla Motors as the Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder, his passion was clean transportation. He later worked as a senior finance executive at Tesla Motors and as a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins and G2 Venture Partners where he mentored young clean-tech entrepreneurs. Then he served as CEO and co-founder of Proterra, a company that has become one of the leading manufacturers of zero emission electric transit buses in North America.