Ryan Allis is the founder and former CEO of iContact, the email marketing company that sold for $169 million. After a short-lived stint as an angel investor, Ryan started a social enterprise and then became the Managing Partner of HeartRithm, an algorithmic trading fund that’s turning money into good. During this conversation, Ryan opens up about the peaks and valleys of his journey as an entrepreneur, what it means to be a heart-centered leader, and why he’s bullish on crypto.
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RYAN ALLIS | Managing Partner, HeartRithm
Ryan Allis is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He is currently a Managing Partner at HeartRithm (www.heartrithm.com), a crypto quant fund,and the Chairman Hive (www.hive.org).
Ryan was previously 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 $170M.
Ryan is also an angel investor and has invested in 34 firms including SpaceX, Robinhood, LendingClub, Change.org, and Off-Grid Electric. 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.
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 attended the University of North Carolina and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ryan’s early days and his path into entrepreneurship
Where the idea for iContact, his first company, came from
Ryan’s early business
The story of iContact’s sale
Ryan’s advice on how to manage a windfall of capital
How Ryan found his path into crypto as a career
Ryan’s work with HeartRithm
Ryan’s advice to crypto newbies
Ryan’s perspective on selling and persuasion
The best advice Ryan’s received
And much more!
STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
The Infinite Machine by Camila Russo (Ryan’s book pick)
Zero to One Million (Ryan’s book)
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (Ryan’s book pick)
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer (Ryan’s book pick)
The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer (Ryan’s book pick)
DeFi and the Future of Finance by Campbell Harvey et al (Ryan’s book pick)