Brief Interview with Ryan Kunzi, General Partner at K Squared

Ryan Kunzi is a General Partner at K Squared. Prior to K Squared, Ryan led and participated in deals amounting to over $28 billion across energy, natural resources, technology, media and telecommunications.  Additionally, Ryan was the head of corporate development of an independent oil company where he oversaw a $500 million transformation of a “super-giant” depleted oil field into a commercially viable underground natural gas storage facility. MBA, University of Chicago; B.A. Economics, Claremont McKenna College; LinkedIn Profile 

Following are highlights from our interview with Ryan….

Q: Describe your 'job' at K2, In three words?

A: Teamwork, Invest, Advise

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Q: Why did you get into this business?

A: I asked a mentor of mine; "how have you been so successful over the years?"  His response, “I built a 'treehouse' that all my friends wanted to join, and they have been with me ever since”  That’s what Jason and I wanted.  We wanted to our own 'treehouse' or company that people wanted to be a part of, a company that could help other entrepreneurs, and a company that could build upon success as investors and entrepreneurs. 

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Q: What is the one thing you want people to know about you?

A: I am very blessed to have the support of my friends and family. I am stronger with them! 

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Q: What advice would you give yourself, looking back?

A: As a former football coach said, don’t look back, look forward and keep your head on a swivel.

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Q: What is your secret to success? 

A: Integrity. If you don't have integrity, you have nothing. You can't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.