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Websiteconnect.com
Blogstartupguide.com
Twitter@ryanallis
BirthplacePittsburgh, PA
Birthdate8/14/84

Degrees

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Economics
EO / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurial Masters Program 2011
Harvard Business School, MBA

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Ryan Allis

Ryan Allis is a technology entrepreneur and investor based in San Francisco and the CEO of Connect.

Ryan was the co-founder and CEO of iContact from 2003 until 2012. iContact grew to 300 employees, 70,000 customers, and $50M in annual sales before its Feb 2012 sale to Vocus (NASDAQ:VOCS) for $169M.

Ryan is a also an angel investor through his firm Connect Ventures and has invested in 19 firms including Ark, Change.org, and LendingClub.

Ryan served as a National Co-Chairperson for Tech for Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election along with Reid Hoffman and Marc Benioff and was a inaugural member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneur Council along with Shervin Pishevar, Randi Zuckerberg, and Marissa Mayer.

Ryan is the author of The Startup Guide: Building a Better World Through Entrepreneurship at www.startupguide.com and the book Zero to One Million (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

Ryan studied economics at the University of North Carolina and completed the first year of the MBA program at Harvard Business School before leaving to build Connect.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
Close 8/2013Angel$250k3
Ark 4/2012Seed$5M15
EvoApp 10/2010Angel$500k4

Videos

Above:

Ryan Allis on The Big Idea.

Added: 6/15/08

Sources

  1. Citation Needed [add]
  2. Ark Raised $4.2 Million Seed Round Instead Of Series A To "Keep Complete Control" Of Its People Search Engine (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. Whiz kid lures investors, hires team for startup (newsobserver.com) [edit]
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