Tyler is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Runa, a social enterprise that makes energizing beverages with guayusa ("gwhy-you-sa"), an Amazonian "super leaf" that has as much caffeine as coffee and double the antioxidants of green tea.  Runa now supports over 3,000 farming families in Ecuador that grow guayusa organically, and Runa products are sold in over 8,000 stores across the US and Canada. After his freshman year at Brown University, Tyler decided to follow his passion for Amazonian plants and languages and moved to South America. He witnessed firsthand the struggle indigenous communities face between earning income for their families, largely through deforestation, and their intention to preserve their culture and the rainforest.  Tyler turned down a Fulbright grant so that he could co-found Runa, for which he was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur" in January 2013 and the Citizen Leader of the Year Award in January 2014 by the Specialty Food Association.  For his work with Runa, Tyler has been featured by National Geographic, Men’s Fitness, and in Richard Branson’s book “Screw Business as Usual.” In his free time, Tyler enjoys playing soccer, practicing yoga, traveling, and eating good food.  He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.