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Hi, I’m Ryan. A Midwest-born technology investor 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 on making strategic connections and forming meaningful relationships. And always becoming a better human.

I attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota on a golf scholarship in 1999 through 2003. I played golf for two of my four years, so that I could better focus on my education and enjoy the college experience. During my sophomore year, frustrated with alternative-campus accommodations, I used my savings for a down payment and purchased a rental home. I rented the extra rooms to a few of my college friends and that paid for my schooling. I graduated debt-free and sold the home in 2007.

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.

In all, I founded 9 companies, have 3 modest exits, invested in over 25 companies, have been involved in several M&A events, raised venture capital, and also coached, advised, and have mentored founders and CEOs.

I’m a 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 web 3 companies.

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