Ryan Valles


Interview Kickstart

Ryan is an energetic entrepreneur and co-founder of Interview Kickstart (IK), a Bay Area headquartered ed-tech platform that’s powered by top engineering talent from Silicon Valley's elite companies. Ryan spearheads strategic growth initiatives and oversees pivotal external-facing functions at IK. Renowned as the go-to destination for tech career advancement in the US, IK is on a mission to empower software engineers to Future-proof their careers. With a diverse alumni network of over 20,000 experienced engineers and a distinguished faculty comprising nearly 500 hiring managers and other senior software engineers from FAANG and other top companies, IK has cultivated a vibrant community of thought leaders, making it a melting pot of some of the best thinking in software careers globally. Notably, IK has achieved remarkable success as a bootstrapped, consistently profitable enterprise, solidifying its reputation as a profitable innovator in ed tech. Ryan’s earlier background is in tech entrepreneurship and global management consulting. Prior to his role at IK, Ryan served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Accel Partners and held the position of CEO at Dealsandyou.com, a pioneering e-commerce venture in India. His early career in management consulting, spanning multiple continents, refined his global perspective and strategic acumen.