Ryan Klinefelter

Managing Director | Hidden River

San Francisco, United States


14 Years Corporate Development Leader | Helping Companies Grow & Exit | Build, Buy, Partner Strategies | Expertise in eCommerce, Fintech, Ad-tech, Data-tech, Gaming, Mar-tech | Five Successful Exits

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 14 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Internet Software


Skilled in: Corporate Development, Due Diligence, Term Sheet, Contractual Agreements, M&A Negotiations, Bolt-on acquisitions, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Buy-and-Build, Strategic Finance, Private Equity & Growth Capital, Sell-side M&A

Technical Skills: Google Analytics, Salesforce, SQL, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Bloomberg, Microsoft Office, MySQL, Slack, HubSpot

Languages: Spanish, English

Work Experience

Hidden River

Managing Director



- Now

Hidden River is a five person, boutique Silicon Valley delivering corporate finance and corporate development services to technology startups • In 90 days, led and closed a cross-border Germany acquisition for a mobile alternative app store. • Leading 60 day debt round for tech-focused B2B media company • In six months, increased new client outreach by 200%,qualifying 75% more Silicon Valley clients.


Head Of Corporate Development



- 31/12/2022

📚 Accomplishments • Started M&A pipeline, formalized Corp Dev function • Led largest ever attempted crypto M&A deal, $1.7B – deal team, diligence, strategy, closing • Ran a $25m Corporate Venture arm for Bolt; closed seven CVC investments across ecomm sector • Build/Buy/Partner analysis with product & eng teams • Long-form memo writing/research for new markets/products - alignment with Corporate Strategy

Progress Partners

Executive In Residence



- 1/12/2021

Member of this vibrant and accomplished group of Marketing, Advertising, Media, Data, and Technology-focused executives at Boston based Investment Bank 📚Accomplishments • Lead buy-side advisor for Scribd's $125m attempted SaaS digital Indian media acquisition. In three months, I completed all the diligence and the acquisition decision. • Orchestrated and led toplooks.ai $120M sale in 13 months to Klarna as Strategic Partnership, Fundraising, and deal lead.


Vice President Corporate Development



- 31/8/2020

📚 Accomplishments Recruited by Blackstone and LUMA Partners to stand up the Vungle's M&A strategy. I successfully worked on a closed $400M liftoff investment, AlgoLift, and Game Refinery deals.


CSO, VP of Corp Dev., Interim CFO, Board Member



- 29/2/2020

📚 Accomplishments • Nominated acting CFO for 120 days, restructured Board, Executive team, bank debt, headcount • Joined Smaato Board to lead incentive plans, corporate strategy, and executive restructuring • Created and communicated a unique M&A growth strategy to add to Vungle’s $1B+ company valuation • Sourced a global pipeline of deals in mobile gaming analytics, creative tech, advertising platforms • Worked on Blackstone deal team on $XYZM LiftOff investment. Sourced AlgoLift, Game Refinery deals • Promoted to CSO, defined long-term business models, research, growth projects/markets • While CSO, grew revenue from $20M to $150M while achieving sustained profitability • Led entry into China • Purchase Manage.com for $6M in debt; restructured – sold it for $61M 14 months later to public co.


Director - Corporate Development



- 30/11/2014

(fka RhythmOne, Taptica, blinkx) 📚 Accomplishments • Ran Investor Relations and Corporate Development at a publicly-traded, video search company. Led 4 global investor roadshows, 2 IR conferences, 4 M&A deals, and 2 public offerings.

Sunflower Bank, N.A.

Senior Associate - Corporate Development/Investments



- 31/1/2013

📚 Accomplishments Purchased two-billion-dollar commercial banks. Stood-up regional mortgage company. Secured $400M in fundraising.

Cave Creek Capital Management

Senior Associate - Private Equity



- 31/10/2011

Private Equity firm specializing in stock or asset acquisitions, recapitalizations, growth equity, owner liquidity, and turnaround investments. 📚 Accomplishments Sourced target companies, managed a pipeline of ten deals, analyzed 500+ memorandums in two years, and structured four $1 to $10M Private Equity investments across B2B industries.


Associate - Restructuring



- 31/8/2007

📚 Accomplishments • Various clients risk assessment and review of weekly cash payments, key contracts, and pipeline sales, cash flow modeling

Alvarez & Marsal

Analyst, Associate - Restructuring



- 31/8/2006

Restructuring, Turnaround, Crisis Management 📚 Accomplishments • The original team of Alvarez & Marsal - 39th employee, only US Analyst and then only European-based Associate • Built a two-year pro-forma financial model over one week on behalf of one of continental Europe’s largest hotel operators during the first German Chapter 11-styled turnaround.


IE Business School



- 31/12/2008

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business



- 31/12/2002

New York University



- 31/12/2009

Brophy College Preparatory

Licenses / Certificates


Becoming an Impactful and Influential Leader




Strategic Partnerships




Presentation Tips for Pitching to Investors




Unconscious Bias




Data Science Foundations: Fundamentals




Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences




Strategic Thinking



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