Wild Earth: Ryan Bethencourt
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“The more I looked into it, the more broken the pet food industry was.  It accounts for 25-30% of meat consumed in the U.S...it just makes no sense because we can make protein out of yeast, out of fungi, out of plants...and so I’m like, somebody needs to start this company.”  -Ryan Bethencourt, Co-founder and CEO of Wild Earth.  

Ryan Bethencourt (@ryanbethencourt) is a co-founder and CEO at Wild Earth (@wildearthpets), bringing years of experience in leading, building and advising high-growth food and biotechnology companies. Ryan is a biotech entrepreneur, investor, and one of the founders of the biohacker movement. He’s a co-founder, former Program Director, and Venture Partner at IndieBio (@indbio) and has invested in over 110 early stage biotech startups and served as the head of life sciences at the XPRIZE Foundation (@xprize). As an ethical vegan, Ryan is passionate about the future of biology as a technology, applied across all industries to solve some of humanity’s most intractable problems. Ryan fosters dogs for Rocket Dog Rescue and is passionate about mindfulness, meditation, and mentoring. 

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