Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Ryan Tseng is Shield AI’s Co-Founder and CEO. Prior to founding Shield AI, Ryan founded and led a series of other successful technology companies, including WiPower, a wireless charging company that was acquired by Qualcomm. The technologies Ryan and his WiPower team created launched the magnetic resonance wireless power industry; technology pioneered by WiPower now forms the cornerstone of the Airfuel (previously, Rezence) wireless charging standard that has been adopted by over 200 companies including market leaders Samsung, Intel, and Verizon. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida and his MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
On Hard Work & Grit
Shield AI was founded to advance the mission of protecting service members and civilians with artificially intelligent systems - and do so at great scale.
On Inspiring Leadership
Leadership styles are as varied as individual leaders themselves; different styles suit different people and different situations. The leadership style that resonates most with me is inspirational leadership.
On Reaching New Milestones
When my brother, Brandon, and I founded Shield AI with Andrew in 2015, we set out to create a defining company in the emerging defense technology sector to serve service members and first responders. We wanted to use AI to protect those who go to war and civilians caught in conflict by providing the best visibility and intelligence in places that had long been out of reach: inside buildings and underground. We were inspired by Brandon’s service in the U.S.
Seven Questions I Ask in Every Interview
At Shield AI, we are concerned with what our Partner, Brian Losey, calls Big Thinking. We aspire to meet audacious goals in our mission to protect service members, first responders and civilians with artificially intelligent systems. While we spend our days engineering innovations in state of the art technology, we believe that the first step in achieving our mission starts with our people -- providing our team with the resources, support, training and career development that they need in order to reach their full potential.
On Welcoming Investors to the Shield AI Family
As CEO of Shield AI, achieving our mission at scale is the goal with which we begin and end each day. And today I’m humbled and honored to share that Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital will be joining the family of Shield AI investors. Breyer, who ranked first on the Forbes Midas List for three consecutive years, joins Silicon Valley investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Homebrew in supporting the Shield AI mission to protect service members, first responders and innocent civilians with artificially intelligent systems.
The Role of Trust at Shield AI
Tell us a little bit about the formation of Shield AI & the mission. How did trust factor into the underlying idea of creating the company? Trust was a huge component of what inspired Brandon to want to start Shield AI. His experiences in the military and his experiences deploying and seeing people in harm’s way. For me, as an entrepreneur, trust was important in the context of being able to trust your teammates. When we started, on the first day, we talked for eight hours about the mission of the company and the values we wanted to set.
Meet Our Leaders: A Conversation with Ryan Tseng
What motivated you to start Shield AI? I joined my brother Brandon and co-founder Andrew to create Shield AI because Brandon inspired me, through his own example, to think about how I could make a meaningful contribution to protecting service members and innocent civilians. Andrew inspired me to believe that the necessary technologies were within reach. Before this, I did not imagine working in the national security space.