Ed understands the challenges entrepreneurs face in raising funds and getting businesses off the ground. For nearly 10 years, 5 of which he spent in Nairobi, Kenya, Ed served as the Chief Operating Officer of KickStart International. KickStart creates opportunities for poor, rural, entrepreneurial farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to make money and offers a permanent solution to address the deepest root of poverty; lack of income. During his tenure as COO, he increased impacts at KickStart by over 140%. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of KickStart’s programs, which included product/ innovations development, institutional partnerships, smallholder farmer outreach & education and sustainable supply chain development.
Prior to KickStart, Ed worked in the private sector. He held various management positions in technology companies including Handspring, a Smartphone manufacturer acquired by Palm, where he was Director of Asia-Pacific & Latin America. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan, a MS from Stanford University and a BS from Virginia Tech both in Mechanical Engineering. He is a graduate of INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Program.