Ruud is a co-founder of Startupbootcamp, Innoleaps and The Talent Institute. Startupbootcamp accelerated over 500 companies thus far and is the largest accelerator outside the U.S with offices in 19 cities in 16 countries. Innoleaps accelerates and innovates large corporations throughout the world and The Talent Institute accelerates people teaching them amongst other growth hacking.
Ruud started his career as a DJ on board the legendary pirate station Radio Caroline. At the age of 20, he became a TV-reporter. During nine years Ruud anchored many Dutch TV programs mainly on news, current-affairs, and sports. He co-founded Sky Radio, Radio 10 and TV stations RTL4 and RTL5 and became their first program director. Under his tenure RTL became the market leading TV broadcaster in the Netherlands.
In 1992 Ruud became President of NBC Europe and transformed Superchannel into CNBC Europe. He became an executive member of TV-production company Endemol Entertainment. When Ruud joined in 1994 the company operated in 3 countries, when he left in 2001 market value had grown from 135 million Euros’ to 5.3 billion. After Endemol Ruud accepted several supervisory board positions. Ruud is a regular speaker about innovation and advisor to numerous executive boards.