Hi I’m Ryan. Welcome to my blog. I am a technology entrepreneur and investor. I led a company called iContact as co-founder and CEO from 2003-2012 until it was acquired in February 2012 by Vocus (Nasdaq: VOCS) for $170m. In May 2012, I co-founded a new software start-up called Connect and run an investment fund called Hive Ventures, focused on investing in companies solving major human challenges.
I wrote a book on entrepreneurship called Zero to One Million (McGraw-Hill, 2008), was the Chairman of Nourish.org, and was the founder of Virante. I’m also a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneur Council. I also wrote an online book called The Startup Guide.
I’m passionate about using business and technology as tools to make a positive difference in the world. I worked with the U.S. State Department teaching entrepreneurship in Cairo after the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and worked on the 2012 Obama Presidential Campaign as National Co-Chair of Tech for Obama.
I believe that you can achieve anything to which you set your mind. I believe in spending the time necessary to define how you wish to use your one life to change the world. And I believe in working with dedication, passion, focus and immense energy to move mountains and create the world that you see.
I live to help others to reach their full potential and create positive change in the world. I hope to see a world one day in every human being has access to basic human needs and there is no extreme poverty. I see a world of abundant clean energy and global innovation ahead that is more secure and prosperous for all of us.
I grew up in Bradenton, Florida as the son of an Episcopal Priest from Pennsylvania and a social worker from Yorkshire, England. I got started in business at 11 helping senior citizens with their computers and then became a web designer in high school. I completed the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program and the Singularity University Executive Education Program. I went to UNC-Chapel Hill for college and am now in year two of the HBS MBA Program in Section F.
Ryan Allis is a three-time INC 500 CEO (2008, 2009, 2010). He was the co-founder and CEO of iContact for nine years and grew it to 300 employees, 70,000 customers, and 1 million users before its acquisition by Vocus (Nasdaq: VOCS) in February 2012 for $170MM. Ryan attended the University of North Carolina and Harvard Business School.
Ryan Allis is a technology entrepreneur and investor. Ryan was the Co-Founder and CEO of iContact from 2003 until it was acquired in February 2012 by Vocus (NASDAQ:VOCS) for $169M. iContact grew from its start in 2003 to 300 employees, 70,000 customers, and 1 million users, reaching the INC 500 list three times. iContact used the 4-1s CSR model to give 1% of its payroll, equity, employee time, and product back to the community.
Ryan is an active angel investor through Hive Ventures with investments to date in Change.org, Off-Grid Electric, Privail, Ark.com, Soma Water, Pengo Loans, VillageEnergy, Hydros Water, ThinkImpact, Bold Academy, EvoApp, Unblab (Sold to AOL), CityPockets, SpringMetrics, and School House. Ryan is the author of a book on entrepreneurship called Zero to One Million (McGraw-Hill, 2008) which reached #11 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list and #2 on the Amazon.com bestseller list. He is currently working on a new book called The Innovators (2013).
Ryan was named in 2006 as one of BusinessWeek’s 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25. In 2008 he was named as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas, In 2009 he was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Junior Chamber. In 2010 he was named as part of the 30 Under 30 List By INC Magazine. Ryan served as a member of the UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council which advised the UN Foundation on expanding how it uses digital marketing to bring awareness to its humanitarian campaigns.
Ryan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Business School.
Connect is based in San Francisco and the leader in social mapping. Connect is part of the 2013 Summer@Highland Incubator program in Menlo Park, CA.
iContact was founded in 2003 on the campus of the University of North Carolina by college students Ryan Allis and Houghton. iContact grew to 300 employees, $50M in revenue, and 1 million users of its leading email marketing and social media marketing software before being acquired by Vocus (Nasdaq: VOCS) in February 2012 for $169m. iContact utilizes the 4-1s Corporate Social Responsibility Model and donates 1% of payroll, 1% of employee time to community volunteering, 1% of equity, and 1% of product to its local and global community as part of its social mission. iContact has a fun, creative, energetic, challenging, and caring company culture. iContact raised $53.3M in investment from JMI Equity, Updata Partners, North Atlantic Capital and IDEA Fund Partners. iContact made the INC 500 list three times from 2008-2010. In 2008, iContact was named the fastest growing software company in North Carolina by INC Magazine and in 2009 the Software Company of the Year by the North Carolina Technology Association.
Introduction from the Jaycees 2009 Ten Outstanding Young American (TOYA) Awards
Appearance on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch in 2007