|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|EO / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurial Masters Program||2011|
|Harvard Business School, MBA|
Ryan Allis is a technology entrepreneur and investor based in San Francisco. Ryan was the co-founder and CEO of iContact from 2003 until its acquisition by Vocus (NASDAQ:VOCS) in February 2012 for $169m. iContact grew to 300 employees, 70,000 customers, and $50M in annual sales. Ryan is also the founder and Chairman of Virante, a digital marketing agency, and the Chairman and Managing Director of the HumanityFund, which invests in world changing entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and East Africa including investments to date in Pengo Loans, VillageEnergy, ThinkImpact, EvoApp, Unblab, CityPockets, SpringMetrics, and SchoolHouse. Ryan is the author of the book Zero to One Million, published by McGraw-Hill, which reached the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list.
Ryan is currently the Board Chairman for Nourish.org which uses social entrepreneurship as a tool to end global poverty. Nourish teaches entrepreneurial skills to college students and uses the profits from student businesses to partner with and invest in social entrepreneurs and community-based organizations in the developing world focused on sustainable development and eliminating extreme poverty and hunger.
Ryan was named in 2006 as one of BusinessWeek’s 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25. In 2008 he won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 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 currently serves as a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council, advising on using digital marketing to bring awareness to humanitarian campaigns.
Ryan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an economics major and a Blanchard Scholar. Ryan is a 2011 graduate of the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program.
Ryan Allis on The Big Idea.Added: 6/15/08