Announcing Ryan Merket has Joined Firebrand as Partner!

March 5, 2019​

We’re thrilled to announce that Ryan Merket (, @merket) has joined Firebrand Ventures as a Partner based in Austin, TX! We’re super excited because he both fits our values and culture so well, while bringing complementary skills and experience to the Firebrand team.

Ryan is product and customer-minded but also has deep technical and security roots, even going back to his early days of reverse engineering projects with kernel level debuggers in high school, which gives him a very unique perspective when evaluating companies and helping portfolio companies. He has an incredible track record of locating and being part of amazing teams and working on interesting world-changing projects. While in San Francisco working at Facebook in the early days, along with Reddit, CBS Interactive, and most recently at Amazon -- Ryan’s history working on amazing products and companies is very rare in VC today. Along the way, he’s been a Senior Designer and Developer at CBS, helped launch the Facebook Login button across the world, led Reddit’s Ad Products, and mentored and advised thousands of startup founders at top accelerators such as Y Combinator and Techstars during his time at Amazon.


Ryan has been a key member of teams putting their own dents in the universe, and like us, is extremely passionate about helping our portfolio companies do the same. Through these impressive experiences and relationships, he has built a phenomenal network which he now brings to Firebrand. He has also been an active angel investor during the past 5 years, investing in 16 startups, of which 5 have been acquired and many others have had significant growth. Like Firebrand, he has been a true partner in their startup journey.

So please join us in welcoming Ryan to Firebrand! We’re excited that he'll be a key part of advancing Firebrand’s mission of finding and funding the most exceptional founders in the Greater Midwest!