Ranah Edelin

Founder and Executive Coach

I work with you to perform at the highest levels and remove the blocks that are holding you back. I have been in your shoes, having been Co-Founder/CEO or Founding Exec of 4 startups that raised $100+ million at a combined $500+ million valuation and had 3 exits (1 still independent).I provide the support, challenge, and accountability you need to increase your odds of success and help prevent being blindsided by something critical to your business.

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- Berkeley hometown, Brown University, Nagoya University, Stanford MBA.
- Founding exec at Rhapsody, the 1st cloud-based music subscription service in US and largest until Spotify entered market 7 years later.
- Co-Founder/CEO of SingShot, called “the YouTube of Karaoke” and acquired by Electronic Arts.
- Co-Founder/CEO of Banyan with renowned teachers Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach to help people build inner resilience through mindfulness and meditation.
- CEO of image-based social app WeHeartIt and senior exec at blockchain company Orchid.
- Set up the Tokyo branch office of US tech company and lived in Japan for 5 years.
- Facilitator for Interpersonal Dynamics course and coach for Executive Education leaders at Stanford GSB.
- Live in Mill Valley with my family, love getting outside to hike, mountain bike, and snowboard.

Testimonials and Quotes

Personal Testimonials“Ranah is, without a doubt, one of the most honorable and thoughtful people that I have ever met. He excels in active listening, prioritizing understanding over merely responding—a skill of immense value. His unyielding curiosity has driven him to deeper understandings of what motivates people and what drives organizational success, and I have benefitted personally from his sage counsel.”—* Ty Ahmad-Taylor
CEO, THX; VP Meta; VP Snap*
“Ranah has an exceptional ability to navigate the complexities of business and leadership, drawing from his rich experience in running companies. He has a unique way of finding parallels from other companies, offering fresh, insightful perspectives. Ranah helps put all options on the table, even those that are challenging to consider at first, which has helped broaden my own decision-making process. Additionally, his insights into working relationship dynamics from an outsider perspective have been super useful in creating more clarity and understanding. Ranah's guidance is a true asset for anyone looking to enhance their strategic thinking in the business world.”— Willem Bult
Co-Founder/CEO, Cloud Sangha
Engineering Leader, Airbnb
“For any founder, entrepreneur or leader wanting to accelerate their business or personal growth, Ranah is an invaluable thought partner, guide and coach. Ranah brings a rare mix of warmth, wisdom and deep operational experience to every interaction. The ease, clarity and insights that emerge are transformative.”Susan Hwang
Managing Partner, One+ Leadership
“Working with Ranah has had a significant impact on my performance at work and overall well-being. Ranah is a thoughtful, caring, and inspiring coach. The best part of working with Ranah is that he asks insightful questions that lead you to identify the solution to your critical questions and then he guides you to create a tactical path forward to achieve your desired outcome. The sessions with Ranah feel natural, like I am talking to a friend, which has helped me open up more and increase the effectiveness of the sessions. I highly recommend Ranah to anyone looking for an excellent coach who leverages prior experience as a founder with care and empathy to help clients answer their toughest questions and guide them to where they want to go.”Alec Weissman
Engagement Manager, McKinsey
"Ranah has a gift to closely listen and a remarkable ability to ask exactly the right questions to elicit deep self-reflection. He strikes a unique balance of careful listening with sharing his wealth of experience and ideas. Ranah has enabled me to profoundly connect to my purpose and passion, and then challenged and supported me to translate this understanding into significant, tangible outcomes."Ernest Bates
VP, ASHS; Managing Director, HSBC

Famous CEOs on the Benefits of Coaching"The best advice I ever got was to get a coach….The one thing people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them. A coach really, really helps."- Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google"Everyone needs a coach. We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve."- Bill Gates, Co-Founder and former CEO of Microsoft"To be a CEO is a calling. You should not do it because it is a job. It is a calling, and you have got to be involved with it with your head, heart, and hands. Coaching helps align these for greater focus and drive.”- Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo


I am a trusted advisor for leaders and have been in the role of Founder/CEO/Exec multiple times. I understand the skills and mindset needed to succeed while also understanding how challenging and lonely being a leader is.Beyond an initial 360 intake process that highlights strengths and uncovers blindspots, there is no set formula for how we work together. You and your situation are unique.We will meet a couple of times per month and focus on the most important issues to you at that time. I am available outside of regular meetings to celebrate the wins and navigate the challenging times.

Typical Areas of Focus:

- Leading from Presence and Awareness
- Creating High Performance Teams
- Navigating Co-Founder Disputes
- Giving Difficult Feedback
- Getting Unstuck
- Managing Limiting Beliefs
- Growing and Managing Teams
- Creating and Measuring Steps to Success

My Influences:

Conscious Leadership Group
- Above the Line / Below the Line
- The Drama Triangle
- Content vs Context
The Hendricks Institute
- Upper Limit Problem
- Zone of Excellence
- Body Intelligence
- Taking 100% responsibility
Hoffman Institute
- Cycle of Transformation
- Changing Negative Patterns
Bryon Katie
- The Work + The 4 Questions
The Gottman Institute
- 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Dreams within Conflict

Postive Intelligence (PQ)
- Sage and Saboteurs
Stanford GSB
- Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator
- Giving Difficult Feedback
Mochary Method
- Organizational Efficiency
- Practical Leadership Best Practices
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
- Understanding one’s “operating system”
- Conscious vs Unconscious Mind
- Anchoring and Reframing
Mindfulness / Meditation
- Direct work with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach
- Silent Vipassana Retreats
- Awareness and Acceptance of the Present


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