Ryno Blignaut is an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he works with portfolio companies on all matters related to finance.
Most recently, Ryno was President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Restoration Hardware (‘RH’), the leading US luxury furniture brand, listed on the NYSE. Included in the RH role were all areas of finance, accounting, treasury, IR, legal and regulatory compliance. Prior to RH, Ryno acted as Chief Business Officer of Wheels Up, the membership based private aviation start-up, which operates their own fleet of over a 100 aircraft nationwide in the US.
Ryno began his CFO career in the US with Xoom, Inc, where he was Chief Financial and Chief Risk Officer from 2005 thru 2015. Ryno was a key part of the successful Xoom journey all the way from 50 staff in SOMA with no revenues, to a successful Nasdaq IPO, and the eventual sale of the company to PayPal.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Ryno worked in the UK assisting new hedge fund managers with their FCA regulatory compliance, accounting and tax challenges. Ryno holds a B.Comm (Hons) degree in Accounting from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.