Our Team

Ranku’s team has a strong combined experience in education, sales, and product. Our unique knowledge and insights in online education and policy give us an advantage in this rapidly growing space. We are always looking for new hires to join the team and help us achieve our vision. See our careers page for more info.
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Kim Taylor

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Previously Kim was a Director at an ad tech startup working extensively on user acquisition with the University of Phoenix, EDMC, CEC, Kaplan University, 2U, Bisk, Embanet-Compass (now Pearson) and Deltak. Before that she worked at Alloy Media where she was the Education Salesperson of the Year.
She's a guest lecturer in the entrepreneurship program at UC-Berkeley and a subject matter expert in online education and BSPs (bundled service providers). She recently starred in Bravo's Start-Ups: Silicon Valley. An avid sports fan, former gymnast and NBA dancer she spends her free time following the Green Bay Packers on the road.
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Cecilia Retelle

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

Most recently, Retelle was the senior director of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Within this role she worked closely with businesses and chambers throughout the country to advance policy positions which ensure that businesses remain competitive in a global economy. Prior to joining the Chamber, Retelle was a lobbyist for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce concentrating on education, immigration, labor-management, and health care issues.
Retelle received her juris doctor from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, her master’s in education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and her bachelor of science in education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She holds a law license and a license to teach K–6 in Minnesota. She played ice hockey for the Gophers at the University of Minnesota, twice going to the Frozen Four.
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Matthew Kandler

Director of Product

Before joining Ranku, Matt earned a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. As an engineer turned product designer, his breadth of knowledge allows him to excel at understanding how to design a site from scratch that is focused on the best experience for the user. Previously, he co-founded and designed a consumer-facing web startup, Quixplore.
An adrenaline enthusiast, Matt joined his fellow mid-westerners at Ranku after a phone interview and a one-way plane ticket from Palo Alto, CA.
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Kathleen Sellitto

Business Development

Kathleen joined Ranku in September 2013. Prior to joining the team, she worked in fundraising at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce making all cylinders fire and never missing a deadline. The business development experience she brings makes everyone’s day smoother.
As a true Jersey girl you can always get a “you know those people are not from Jersey” out of her. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Farleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Fine Arts from Montclair State University.
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Daisy

Mascot & Director of Happiness

Daisy, a lovable white shepherd/yellow lab mix, arrives daily with Cecilia, but belongs to everyone. She greets us with an open-mouth smile and wagging tail, then finds a comfy spot just about anywhere to lounge. Often seen on her back, legs up in the air, completely content.