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ryan kottenstette
Ryan is driven by technology that enables people to do things better and faster. He has worked on a wide spectrum of projects including: enabling vehicle electrification and renewable energy on the grid through novel energy storage, improving the lap times of Formula 1 racecars with innovative heat exchangers and reducing operator workload with autonomous robotics.

Prior to joining Khosla Ventures, Ryan was one of the first team members at Amprius, a venture-backed company developing next generation lithium ion batteries based on groundbreaking material science from Stanford University. At Amprius, his responsibilities included business development, strategic partnerships, and government relations. Ryan also handled Amprius’ venture fundraising and intellectual property portfolio management.

Prior to Amprius, Ryan was an emerging technologies research engineer at BMW Group, where his projects ranged from energy conversion and storage to location-aware data applications. Ryan spent considerable time working on energy technologies including thermoelectrics for cooling and waste heat recovery, exhaust gas treatment, and vehicle electrification. He also conducted research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focused on structural analysis of wind turbines and grid energy storage.

Ryan holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University, several patents related to thermal management and smart materials, and several peer-reviewed journal articles related to fatigue and materials failure in wind turbines and pressure vessels.

In his spare time Ryan enjoys flying, rebuilding & riding motorcycles, and the outdoors. He can be reached at .