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Hi, I’m Ryan. A Midwest-born technology startup founder, (inactive) investor, mentor, and philanthropist, and this is what I’m doing these days.

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 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,

In in 2012, Kyle Matthews and I founded Laicos, a Startup Studio. In a Studio, we develop ideas into products and those products into companies. We developed close to 15 applications, 6 ready to spin out, and have spunout 4, most recently, Laicos Cloud. We recently launched Laicos M2E services entending our range from Startups to Enterprise level customers.

Previously, I founded 7 companies, have 3 modest exits, have been involved in several M&A events, raised venture capital, and also coach, advise, and mentor founders and CEOs. Right now, I’m CEO of Laicos, Board Member of a Non-Profit, Director of another, 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 on my pups and my health, is on raising a venture fund to invest in traditionally overlooked founders.

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