Education and early life
Bradley Kent “Brad” Garlinghouse (born February 6, 1971, in Topeka, Kansas), holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Prior to his foray into Ripple and blockchain technology, Garlinghouse was CEO of file collaboration service Hightail, having previously spent two years as President of Consumer Applications at AOL. This was followed by a seminal five-year period Yahoo!, where he held multiple positions, including Senior Vice President. While at Yahoo!, Garlinghouse ‘famously’ wrote an internal memo calling for changes within the young internet company, which became known as the Peanut Butter Manifesto. In short, this internal memo chastised the company for spreading its resources too thinly, much like peanut butter, instead of curating more of a laser focus on winnable areas of the internet.
The time before Yahoo! was spent as CEO of Dialpad Communications, with management positions at SBC Communications and @Home Network before that.
Ripple and XRP
Garlinghouse joined Ripple, the global blockchain payment company, in 2015. Initially the company’s President and COO, he became CEO in January 2017 and is also a member of the board of directors. Utilizing the Ripple protocol, Ripple’s ledger includes a native digital currency, called XRP. Not without its controversies, Garlinghouse’s employment and involvement within the company was one of the acrimonious reasons for a co-founder, Jed McCaleb, to leave Ripple and a setup the Stellar Development Foundation; developing the Stellar protocol and digital asset Lumens (XLM). The remaining animosity between the two companies and subsequent supporters of each ecosystem is well documented.
In addition to his work with Ripple, Garlinghouse also sits on the board of directors of Animoto, a cloud-based video creation service, and OutMatch an online recruitment tool. He has previously held board positions at Ancestry.com and Tonic Health.
Brad’s contribution and drive as CEO of Ripple have undoubtedly lead to many high-profile contracts and investments. What direction and results he’ll achieve.