Tyler Gage is the cofounder of RUNA, a social enterprise that makes energizing beverages with guayusa, a rare Amazonian leaf and in so doing, improves livelihoods for 3,000 indigenous farming families in Ecuador. Gage spent the last 12 years living and studying with indigenous elders in the Amazon rain forest, which has informed his values, leadership philosophy, and his first book, Fully Alive. RUNA has grown in to one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States according to Inc magazine, earning Gage a spot on Forbes' "30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs," and he has won several other awards and recognitions for his powerful approach to building businesses and creating social good.
Gage also serves on the board of directors of David'sTea (NASDAQ: DTEA) and on the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Brown University. In addition to advising and investing in other startups, he is a co-founding partner and strategic adviser to NAKU, a pioneering indigenous healing center in the Ecuadorian Amazon. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife, Michelle, and enjoys boxing, yoga, riding his unicycle, and studying ethnobotany.