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Ryan has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for sixteen
years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, Ryan started his career in
venture capital at Mobius Venture Capital in January 2000.
He currently serves on the boards of EmSense, Cloud Engines, Memeo,
Smith & Tinker and Topspin for Foundry Group.
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
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.
Notable companies that Ryan has invested in and/or sat on the boards of
include Postini (acq. GOOG), Sling Media (acq. DISH), and StubHub (acq.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Symbolic Systems with a
concentration in Artificial Intelligence 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 and songwriter and operates a recording studio
in his home, has brewed his own beer, runs the occasional marathon (1996
San Francisco marathon and the 2003 Portland marathon), and spends hours
playing around with as many electronic gadgets he can get his hands on.
Ryan publishes a blog at