Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, Ryan started his career in venture capital at Mobius Venture Capital in January 2000. While at Mobius Venture Capital, Ryan led the firm’s investments in Postini (acq. GOOG) and Sling Media (acq. DISH).
Prior to joining Mobius Venture Capital, Ryan co-founded Excite in 1993, which went public in 1996 and later became Excite@Home following the $6.7 billion merger of Excite and @Home in 1999. At the time this acquisition was the largest internet transaction to date and created a company that achieved peak revenues of $616 million in 2000. There Ryan held the role of Principal Engineer and was a key technological contributor to the company’s search engine and content management systems and also led the design and implementation of Excite’s community and commerce platforms. Ryan was also responsible for integrating engineering teams and technologies into Excite’s infrastructure following the acquisitions of several companies based in Seattle and Austin.
Prior to Excite, Ryan was a member of the technical staff for the Hewlett Packard Division at Oracle Corporation, where he worked on several releases of the Oracle Office platform. Before joining Oracle, Ryan was a software engineer at Canon Research of America, where he focused on the development of optical character recognition algorithms.
Ryan holds a degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he published research on genetic algorithms in The First IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation, and studied abroad at Stanford’s overseas campus in Berlin, Germany.
Ryan is an avid guitarist, songwriter and recording engineer, runs the occasional marathon, and spends hours playing around with as many electronic gadgets he can get his hands on. You can listen to music he co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded with his Foundry Group partner Jason Mendelson at LegitimateFront.com (stream/download here) and SoulPatch.com (stream/download here and here).