More About Kyle Kesterson

Whether adventuring through vast landscapes of mountain, desert, or forest, or reaching out to those impoverished and on the harsh streets, being mesmerized by light and sound at music shows, spending time with his favorite humans, locked in his cave of creation, or even just goofing off with his furry beast of a best friend, Bentley Bean, and girlfriend Lenisa, Kyle is always armed with a camera, pen, and unquenchable curiosity that leads to capturing and sharing the stories unfolding around him.

Follow the ongoing adventure on Instagram at @KyleKesterson


Growing up, Kyle and his family hit the lowest of lows moving in and out of homeless shelters and standing in line at food and clothing banks. It led to frequently moving, attending 14 different schools, becoming one of the worst kids in the school district and finally dropping out after being told by teachers that he'll "most likely end up flipping burgers, in jail, or dead."

Discovering art and creative expression saved his life and put him on a path towards carving his own path and ultimately creating positive impact around him.

Most of Kyle's work is focused around youth, poverty, creativity, community, inspiration, and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder and Chief Freak of Freak'n Genius, is a 2x TechStars alum, Startup Weekend Global Facilitator, and was the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Haiku Deck. 

Kyle has spoken at TEDxSeattle, Ignite, Steve Jobs legacy conference - DENT the Future, Spark Bootcamp, and Consero's Startup Acceleration Forum. He coaches and mentors youth and early stage founders through Startup NEXT, TechStars, Startup Weekend, StudentRND, Girls Who Code, and YouthCare.

He expresses himself creatively as an artist, illustrator, designer, animator, toy developer and photographer. Kyle is also the Vice Curator of the World Economic Forum's Global Shaper initiative in Seattle, and member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, Young Entrepreneur Social, and Sandbox HQ - all global communities of 'Young Change-Makers'.

Bentley Bean is Kyle's best friend and side kick. He's an 8 1/2 year Border Terrier, is trained as a US Service Animal, and really who is responsible for running the show.


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