Spontaneous Innovator & Contagious Passion

We could all learn a thing or two from Ryan. So let’s.

History:

Q: What are some of your past/present ventures?

I spent 1 year running marketing at ShuttleCloud some time ago and about a year and a half running growth at Keychain Logistics.

I co-founded Sprinkle, a user acquisition team that builds back-end + front-end tools to help startups grow. We also organized and promoted Camp, a hackathon taking place this summer to develop side productsI founded ArtspotIO, as well as a new social project called  12 Loops, where we put up brand new basketball nets in urban parks.

Inspirations:

Q: Was there ever a time when you thought you were going to fail?

I do all the time. But surrounding myself with people smarter than myself, and always having a backup plan (whether it’s a client opportunity, a business idea, etc) has continued to successfully mitigate risk.

Q: Where do you look to find inspiration?

Comedians who simplify life’s intricacies, ambient or soft rock radio stations while working, interviews with successful founders, post-mortem “why we failed” posts by startups that went under. I also find solace knowing that I can leave tech as easily as I entered it, and that my self worth isn’t tied to my business ideas or the things I work on from 9–5. There are an incredible number of places I find can be great sources of inspiration.

Lifestyle:

Q: Have any tips on achieving a productive lifestyle:

Focus on high leverage activities — in other words, where your skills make the most impact. Outsource [nearly] everything else. For example: I’m not great at cleaning, so I use Handy.com. I’m not a designer, so I wireframe and hire designers to design. I love salads but hate buying 15 ingredients at once. Now I eat Sweetgreen 3x /week. Etc, etc. Too many founders and early entrepreneurs try to control all the nuances of their life, especially of their business or team operations, but it just wastes precious time that could be spent on something more specialized.

Q: What’s your favorite productive app/life hack?

Gmail shortcuts, filters + labels, really help me out. I try to hit Inbox Zero at least 2x every week to clear my mind as well.

Oh, and Bose QC20i noise-canceling headphones. Amazing.

Some Fun:

Q: What do you do when you’re not working?

I like to keep active, both mentally and physically. I like to run, work out, play/write music, advise other startups, read non-fiction books (biographies, self help, entrepreneurship, etc related titles). I’m not immune to binging on Netflix shows either, I have to admit.

Q: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

It was a bit hard to narrow it down, so heres a few..

  • Spontaneous road trip from Atlanta to NYC at 2am
  • Made gold teeth for a living (before college for 6 months)
  • Sky diving
  • Snowboarding a hard mountainside on my first day ever snowboarding
  • Police ride-along in the Bronx (wore kevlar, observed cops ‘bust crime’ live)
  • Fell asleep on the train at 4am, woke up 10 miles away
  • Off-roaded a moped in a graveyard, fell
  • Rode behind a motorcycle on a skateboard

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