Ryan Gilbert

General Partner

Propel Venture Partners

As a founder and investor, Ryan brings 20 years of global financial services expertise spanning payments, remittances, credit, security, and compliance to Propel Venture Partners.  Ryan is Propel's representative on the boards of Guideline and EaseCentral. He serves as the executive chairman of SmartBizLoans, a small business lending marketplace he founded as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Venrock; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s nominated director of bKash, Bangladesh’s leading remittance network; and a director of River City Bank in Sacramento. His prior roles include co-founder and CEO of real estate payments company PropertyBridge (acquired by MoneyGram International), an early investor in Eventbrite, and a founding advisor to Square. Ryan graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is member of the State Bar of California.

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