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.