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Ryan Klinefelter

Managing Director | Hidden River

San Francisco, United States

$3,000/day

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

Skills

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

On Deck

Execs On Deck Fellow

1/1/2023

 

- Now

The Execs on Deck Fellowship is a selective program where top talent comes to accelerate tech their ideas and careers in a world-class community 📚Accomlishments • Exec Fellow in Cohort 3. Completed comprehensive executive coaching. • Provide ad-hoc advice to ODF founders. Expanded personal executive, global tech network

Various Startups

Strategic Advisor, Investor

1/2/2020

 

- Now

Mundial Media - multicultural, contextual audience advertising platform • Advising structural and organization scaling and improvement topics • Jan 2023 - current PeachPay - Al-in-one payment and checkout platform • Advising investor introduction, partnership and platform scaling, and strategy topics • Jan 2023 - current Kurry.ai - unified demand-side advertising platform • Advising founder and current CEO on growth and scaling topic • Jan 2023 - current Qure.Finance - social investing app that helps people make money through social discovery & fun • Adviced fundraising, legal structuring of entities, professionalization, and positioning of the company • Jun 2021 - Nov 2022 TopLooks - developed the powerful artificial intelligence engine for online fashion/apparel shoppers. • Structured strategy and financial and legal advice for Klarna's investment into TopLooks • Sell-side lead advice to the founding team. Acquired by Klarna in March 2021, after 13 months • Feb 2020 - Mar 2021 Show less

Bolt

Head Of Corporate Development

1/6/2022

 

- 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

Bolt

Director Corporate Strategy

1/12/2021

 

- 30/6/2022

📚Accomlishments • 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

1/6/2021

 

- 31/5/2022

Member of this vibrant and accomplished group of Marketing, Advertising, Media, Data, and Technology-focused executives 📚Accomplishments • Provided consultation and advice informing investment and M&A opportunities. • Participated in client pipeline feedback in monthly/weekly firm-wide BD calls.

Blue Pine Capital

Managing Partner

1/3/2021

 

- 31/12/2021

The private investment vehicle and corporate development services 📚Accomplishments • The lead buy-side advisor for Scribd's $125m attempted SaaS digital magazine acquisition • Incubated and fundraised $1.5M for a digital sports ad network • Advsied on-demand Corp Dev clients for Hidden River (Merchant Bank)

Vungle

Vice President Corporate Development

1/3/2020

 

- 31/8/2020

📚 Accomplishments • 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

Smaato

Interim Chief Financial Officer

1/11/2019

 

- 29/2/2020

📚 Accomplishments • Nominated acting CFO for 120 days, restructured Board, Executive team, bank debt, headcount

Smaato

Board Member

1/2/2019

 

- 29/2/2020

• Joined Smaato Board to lead incentive plans, corporate strategy, and executive restructuring

Smaato

Chief Strategy Officer

1/12/2016

 

- 30/11/2019

📚 Accomplishments • 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.

Smaato

Vice President of Corporate Development

1/11/2014

 

- 30/11/2016

📚Accomlishments • Led 12-month sell-side project to sell Smaato • Acquired by Spearhead/CINDA in 2016

Taptica

Director - Corporate Development

1/1/2013

 

- 30/11/2014

RhythmOne acquired by Taptica in 2019 📚 Accomplishments • Acquired Grab Media, Rhythmn New Media, Lyfe Mobile

Taptica

Director - Investor Relations

1/1/2013

 

- 30/11/2013

RhythmOne acquired by Taptica in 2019

Sunflower Bank, N.A.

Senior Associate

1/10/2011

 

- 31/1/2013

Strategic Growth Banc - Acquired by Sunflower Bank

Cave Creek Capital Management

Senior Associate

1/11/2009

 

- 31/10/2011

Cave Creek Capital Management LLC is a Private Equity firm specializing in stock or asset acquisitions, recapitalizations, growth equity, owner liquidity, and turnaround investments.

KPMG

Associate

1/1/2007

 

- 31/8/2007

Restructuring

Alvarez & Marsal

Associate

1/3/2004

 

- 31/8/2006

Restructuring, Turnaround, Crisis Management

Alvarez & Marsal

Analyst

1/1/2004

 

- 31/3/2004

Restructuring, Turnaround, Crisis Management

Northrop Grumman

Business Analyst

1/8/2003

 

- 31/3/2004

Integrated Systems

The Walt Disney Company

Business Analyst

1/1/2003

 

- 31/5/2003

Disney Consumer Products - Externship

Hidden River

Managing Director

1/1/2023

 

- Now

1 - Sell side M&A client in EMEA in mobile app user acquisition space 1 - Fractional CFO client in the US in the social influencer/commerce platform space 1 - Corporate advisory client in the vertical ad network, audience network Pitching pipeline of 8 prospects across eComm, GenAI search, ad-tech, and SaaS

Education

IE Business School

1/1/2006

 

- 31/12/2008

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

1/1/1998

 

- 31/12/2002

New York University

1/1/2009

 

- 31/12/2009

Brophy College Preparatory

Licenses / Certificates

LinkedIn

Becoming an Impactful and Influential Leader

1/12/2022

 

LinkedIn

Strategic Partnerships

1/12/2020

 

LinkedIn

Presentation Tips for Pitching to Investors

1/8/2020

 

LinkedIn

Unconscious Bias

1/8/2020

 

LinkedIn

Data Science Foundations: Fundamentals

1/7/2020

 

LinkedIn

Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences

1/6/2020

 

LinkedIn

Strategic Thinking

1/4/2020

 

LinkedIn

Learning Google AdSense

1/1/2020