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Ryan Grepper is part visionary, part mad scientist, and a passionate entrepreneur who founded Coolest, a Portland-based brand whose first product, a multi-function cooler, was the #1 funded Kickstarter campaign of 2014. The Coolest’ party-enabling, problem-solving design captured the imagination of more than 62,000 backers who contributed $13.2M in record time–a crowd funded success that presented new challenges as well as opportunities for the business. The Coolest cooler starts shipping to customers in July 2015, just ten months after the Kickstarter campaign closed.
Ryan has a love of adventure and the outdoors, and is passionate about helping others enjoy similar experiences. Prior to the launch of the Coolest, Ryan worked as a full-time inventor and product developer since 2006 and is an enthusiastic evangelist for the creative economy and DIY spirit. Ryan lives in Oregon with his wife and two children.