Zeda Stone



Zeda Stone

Head of Business Development and Innovation
RYOT

Zeda Stone

Zeda Stone is the Head of Business Development and Innovation at RYOT and the Creative Director of RYOT Lab. He is charged with identifying emerging technologies and formats to utilize and enhance the already robust storytelling platforms that RYOT uses.

Prior to joining RYOT full-time, Zeda served as a technology consultant and with his company Captivate.me, he helped to build out RYOT’s early technology stack and giving platform. He also started and sold an interactive flash-based video technology company, Hotclick Video. While in the investment banking world, Zeda formed BlueFire Renewables, a cellulosic ethanol startup that received an $80M grant from the Department of Energy to build the first ever cellulosic waste to biofuel facilities in the world.

Additional passion projects include, Kinship, a digital time capsule for families and friends and The Great Escape Project, a program for children receiving cancer treatment that leverages the power of immersive formats for temporary escapes to new worlds. Zeda also sits on the Board of Directors for The Friendship Shelter, a year round shelter and rehabilitation center for homeless adults.

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