Ryan Freitas

I'm the co-founder of about.me, and I serve as Chief Product Officer. I've spent the better part of two decades working as an interaction and user experience designer. Creating about.me allowed me to leap into the role of full-time entrepreneur and product designer.

In addition to running my own startup, I have enjoyed working with a portfolio of small companies looking to create compelling human experiences. Investing early in Blue Bottle Coffee gave me a chance to see that in a retail setting, and it continues to inspire me.

Originally from Upstate New York, I took the opportunity to live and work in Copenhagen, Tokyo, and Stockholm before settling down in San Francisco. I left design in 2001 to spend three years as a line cook under Chefs Michael Mina and Laurent Manrique at Aqua. These days I mostly cook for my family.

Previously: artificial intelligence researcher, Tcl/Tk developer, collegiate fencer. Currently: avid runner, politics junkie and the delighted father of a spirited three-year old boy.

[Photo credit Daniel Agee]