Ed Ruth is a Director at Verizon Ventures and is responsible for strategic investments and venture development activities. Ed has been with Verizon for nearly a decade and has been leading Verizon’s business presence in Silicon Valley for the past five years. In addition to designing and opening the Verizon Innovation Center in San Francisco, Ed identified strategic partnerships in the startup community focusing on new technologies, developer platforms and API’s. He has experience in mobile content, previously leading all negotiations, programming and partnership activities with artists, music labels, gaming publishers and app developers for Verizon Wireless. He began his career at Verizon in retail sales and then moved on to head up youth marketing for the West Area Marketing Organization. Ed earned a BA in Communications from University of California, San Diego.