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Everything You Need to Know About Brad Garlinghouse

by Matthew Harris

Bradley “Brad” Garlinghouse has been involved with some huge names over the past 2 decades and he has gained recognition as an active angel investor in over 40 companies including: Diffbot, Pure Storage, and Indigo Agriculture. However, as a member of the Board of Directors and current CEO of Ripple, his name is quite well known in the crypto world as well.

Born in 1971 in Topeka, Kansas and received a BA in economics from the University of Kansas and went on to achieve an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.

His early career included time in various executive positions with Yahoo, including Senior VP Communications, and before that he helped pioneer the VoIP industry as Dialpad Communications’ CEO. Shortly after leaving Yahoo, where he wrote the famous “Peanut Butter Manifesto,” Garlinghouse joined AOL and served as President of Consumer Applications for a little over 2 years before moving on to CEO of Hightail.

In April of 2015, Garlinghouse joined Ripple as the President and COO and became the CEO in January of 2017. Additionally, Brad has served as a board member for Ancestry.com, Tonic Health, and Animoto and though he has since left those positions, his profile on Ripple states that he currently serves on the Board of Directors of OutMatch.

In the February 28 issue of Forbes last year, Brad’s crypto net worth was estimated between $400-$500 million with a nine figure stash of XRP, and it was also reported that he has a 6.3% stake in the company Ripple itself.

As I’ve been reporting in recent weeks, Ripple and XRP are experiencing an impressive start to the year and with Q1 just about to wrap and banks like JPMorgan starting to delve into crypto, we’re likely to hear a lot more out of Garlinghouse as well Ripple.

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