Ryan Graves is an American entrepreneur and investor. He was born on August 3, 1983, in San Diego, California, USA.
Graves is best known for his early involvement in Uber, the popular ride-sharing service. In 2010, Graves responded to a tweet from Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, who was looking for someone to help build out the company’s initial team. Graves was the first employee hired at Uber and served as the company’s CEO for its first two years. He also served on Uber’s board of directors until 2019.
After leaving Uber, Graves founded the investment firm Saltwater Ventures, which focuses on early-stage technology startups. He has also served as an advisor to several technology companies, including SpaceX and the electric scooter company Bird.
Graves is known for his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for helping startups succeed. He has been recognized for his contributions to the technology industry, including being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs of his generation.