Scott Ryles joined Kleiner Perkins as chief operating officer in 2014. He provides his extensive operational and financial expertise to the firm and the entrepreneurs that Kleiner Perkins backs in digital, green and life science technologies.
Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Scott was CEO and founder of Echelon Capital Strategies, an asset management firm investing in consumer and small business loans. Prior to that, he was the Chairman and CEO of Home Value Protection (acquired by AmTrust, 2012), a Kleiner Perkins company providing insurance services designed to protect homeowners from loss of home value due to local housing market declines. Scott started his career in the finance and investment banking industry at Merrill Lynch. Scott was a founder and CEO of Epoch Partners, a Kleiner Perkins company, that was sold to Goldman Sachs in 2001. He has also served as Vice-Chairman at Cowen and Company.
Scott has served as a board member at both private and public companies, including Kleiner Perkins companies ArcSight (acquired by HP, 2010) and Fortify (acquired by HP, 2010) as well as Gymboree Corporation (NASDAQ: GYMB) and KKR Financial Holdings (NYSE: KFN). He holds a B.A. degree from Northwestern University.