Ryan Roberts

Ryan Roberts is a partner and represents high-growth companies and venture capitalists involved in a wide variety of technologies. His practice ranges from the formation of new startup companies through venture capital financings and acquisitions. Ryan also represents venture capital funds in investment transactions. His clients are located throughout the world, including California, New York, India, the EU and the Middle East.

Ryan is author of Amazon best-selling book Acceleration: What All Entrepreneurs Must Know About Startup Law and the well-known startup blog “Startup Lawyer“.


  • University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, J.D., 2003
  • University of Southern California, M.A., Economics, 2000
  • University of Southern California, B.A., Economics and Political Science, 2000

Distinctions & Honors

  • Law Review, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Staff Member 2001-2002, Articles Editor 2002-2003
  • Rising Star 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Texas Super Lawyers (a publication of Thomson Reuters)


  • United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, Fort Worth, Texas, Summer 2002


  • Member, State Bar of Texas

Select Transactions

Ryan’s experience includes representing clients in hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions, including:

Venture Capital Transactions

  • WizRocket Inc. (CleverTap) in its $105,000,000 Series D Financing with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, IIFL AMC’s Tech Fund, Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital
  • FreshDesk Inc. (now Freshworks) in its $31,000,000 Series D Financing with Google Capital, Tiger Global and Accel Partners
  • Alto Experience Inc. in its $45,000,000 Series B Financing with Road Ventures, Tuesday Capital, Goff Capital, Franklin Templeton, and Alumni Ventures Group
  • Facilio Inc. in its $35,000,000 Series B Financing with Dragoneer Investment Group, Tiger Global, Brookfield Growth, and Accel Partners
  • Airmeet Inc. in its $35,000,000 Series B Financing with Prosus Ventures, Sistema Asia Fund, Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, RingCentral Ventures, KDDI Open Innovation Fund and DG Daiwa Ventures
  • Visage Enterprise Inc. (Gig Wage) in its $9,500,000 Series A Financing with Green Dot Corporation and Foundry Group
  • Luna Grill Restaurants LLC in its $30,000,000 financing with CapitalSpring
  • Appsmith Inc. in its $8,000,000 Series A Financing with Canaan Partners and Accel Partners
  • Osmnez Technologies Inc. in its $6,000,000 Series A Financing with Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, and Matrix Partners
  • Lyceum Technologies Inc. (Hippo Video) in its $4,500,000 Series A Financing with Alpha Wave Incubation (managed by Falcon Edge Capital), Sequoia Capital, and KAE Capital
  • Oncue Enterprises Inc. in its $3,500,000 Series Seed Financing with Crosslink Ventures and Bowery Capital

Exit Transactions

  • rVetLink in its acquisition by IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (IDXX:NASDAQ)
  • Mobestream Media (Key Ring) in its acquisition by Gannett (GCI:NYSE)
  • Revvsales in its acquisition by LegalZoom.com, Inc. (LZ: NASDAQ)
  • Zarget in its acquisition by Freshworks (FRSH:NASDAQ)
  • Promoter.io in its acquisition by Medallia, Inc. (MDLA:NYSE)
  • Cucumbertown in its acquisition by Cookpad (2193:TSE)
  • Superpowered in its acquisition by Splice