Ryan MichelettiDirector of Global Operations at Founder Institute
I believe that the only way to solve humanity's greatest challenges is to empower smart, determined & virtuous people to build companies & technologies that will change the world.
As Director of Global Operations for the Founder Institute, I lead operations for the world’s largest early-stage startup accelerator. With programs in 200+ cities and a network of over 11,000 mentors, we have helped create 3,500+ startup companies worldwide. As the Managing Director for the Founder Institute’s flagship Silicon Valley Program, I have personally helped launch and build a portfolio of over 200 companies in various roles.
Since 2012, I have helped build the national military veteran entrepreneurship movement, starting in Silicon Valley by cofounding Vet-Tech, the nation’s leading startup accelerator for military veterans. Today, we have launched the Veteran Founder Initiative which aims to help launch and support 100 Veteran-led Technology company companies each year.
Prior to the Founder Institute, my brother and I cofounded Shield Corps Security, a leading private security firm in the Bay Area that provides physical security, ranging from large scale events to international VIP & executive protection. We have served clients such as Google, Twitter, Uber, Superbowl 50, and many other Fortune 500 companies.
I graduated from Stanford's Executive Entrepreneurship Program & hold a BS in Finance from SJSU. In another life, I served as a Staff Sergeant in the California Guard trained in Emergency Communications & Search and Rescue and have dozens of certifications ranging from Wilderness First Aid to Radiological and Nuclear emergency response.