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BirthplaceVernon, BC


University of Victoria 1998
International Business
Okanagan College 1996

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Ryan Holmes

Ryan Holmes is the CEO of HootSuite. Thought leader, dog lover and serial entrepreneur, he has redefined the face of social media - bringing Twitter, Facebook and other social networks out of the dorm room and into the boardroom.

Holmes has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with 8 million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies. A college drop-out, he started a paintball company and pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed HootSuite in 2009.

Today, Holmes is an authority on the social business revolution, quoted in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and called upon to speak at TEDx and SXSW Interactive Conferences. An angel investor and advisor, he mentors startups in Canada and around the world. Through HootSuite University, Holmes partners with major universities to deliver social media coursework to the next generation of business leaders.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
BrightFunnel 1/2014Angel$1M10 11/2013Seed$1.5M7
Nestio 7/2013Series A$1.5M11
PayrollHero 2/2013Seed$1M7 8/2012Seed$850k11
Chirpify 4/2012Seed$1.3M6



Financial Post Innovators: Ryan Holmes

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Ryan Holmes on Cambridge House Live

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Above: - HootSuite’s Ryan Holmes

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  1. BrightFunnel Raises Funding To Build Smarter Marketing Predictions ( [edit]
  2. Raises $1.5M Seed To Become The OpenTable For Time And Services ( [edit]
  3. Nestio Real-Time Rental Platform Raises $1.5M From Joanne Wilson, David Tisch, Jerry Colona And More ( [edit]
  4. PayrollHero Gets $1 Million In Seed Funding For Dev Efforts In Asia ( [edit]
  5. GrowLab Graduate Announces $850K in Total Funding ( [edit]
  6. Twitter commerce platform Chirpify raises $1.3M from social media execs ( [edit]
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