Hi, I’m Ryan.

I founded and rapidly scaled the largest, fastest growing high school sports startup, VNN Sports. As CEO for 10 years, I raised over $20m from leading venture capitalists, built and lead a team of nearly 100 world-class employees and acquired or partnered with nearly a dozen companies.

I’ve been there. I know what it takes. More importantly, I know what it takes out of you. I spent the last 10 years being successful, and it took all that to teach me that I wanted more than just success.

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In Second Mountain Startup I dive deep into the art of startup leadership, from the outside (fundraising, recruiting, product, sales), and the inside (ego, presence, meaning, integrity). Every week you’ll get the best, most in-depth content from the perspective of an experienced startup founder/CEO-turned executive coach.

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