Hi, I’m Ryan. A Midwest-born technology startup founder, investor, and philanthropist, and this is what I’m doing these days.
In my past, I founded 7 companies, have 3 modest exits, been involved in several M&A events, raised venture capital, and I also coach, advise and mentor founders and CEOs. Right now, I’m CEO of Laicos, Director of two Non-Profits, and work with a variety of startups readying to or raising venture capital and I also scout startups for a variety of VCs. My main focus, besides family and my health, is on furthering a career in venture capital while continuing to work with startups.
I have a unique talent, vision, and passion that helps me identify, simplify and solve problems. I’m a super-connector and I pride myself of making strategic connections and forming meaningful relationships.
I attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota on a golf scholarship in 1999 through 2003. I played golf for only two of my four years, so that I could focus on my education and enjoying the college experience. During my sophomore year, frustrated with alternative-campus accommodations, I purchased a rental home. I rented the extra rooms to a few of my friends and paid for my schooling. I sold the home pre-market-crash.
In 2006, I founded Negri Electronics with two credit cards, working from my girlfriend’s (now wife’s) apartment. As CEO, the company went from $0 to $53M in total revenue, with $18M in 2013, to an exit Christmas Eve, 2013, without ever taking on outside capital or debt. This experience has helped me learn the most efficient and effective ways to create and scale startups, which is why in 2012, Kyle Matthews and I founded Laicos, a Startup Studio. In a Studio, we develop ideas into products and products into companies. We developed close to 15 applications, 6 ready to spin out, and 4 spinouts, most recently, Laicos Cloud.