Ryan Allis is a technology entrepreneur and investor. Ryan is Founder and CEO of Connect, a company focused on using mobile technology and relationship mapping to connect humanity globally. Ryan was the Co-Founder and CEO of iContact from 2003 until it was acquired in February 2012 by Vocus (NASDAQ:VOCS) for $169M. iContact grew from its start in 2003 to 300 employees, 70,000 customers, and 1 million users, reaching the INC 500 list three times. iContact used the 4-1s CSR model to give 1% of its payroll, equity, employee time, and product back to the community. Ryan is also the founder and Chairman of Virante, a digital marketing agency based Raleigh, NC. Ryan is an active angel investor via the HumanityFund which invests in businesses in the USA and East Africa including investments to date in Ark.com, Pengo Loans, VillageEnergy, Hydros Water, ThinkImpact, Bold Academy, EvoApp, Unblab (Sold to AOL), CityPockets, SpringMetrics, and School House. Ryan is the author of a book on entrepreneurship called Zero to One Million (McGraw-Hill, 2008) which reached #11 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list and #2 on the Amazon.com bestseller list.
Ryan is a board member of Nourish.org which uses social entrepreneurship as a tool to end global poverty. Nourish teaches entrepreneurial skills to college students and uses the profits from student businesses to partner with and invest in social entrepreneurs and community-based organizations in the developing world focused on sustainable development and eliminating extreme poverty and hunger in our lifetime.
Ryan was named in 2006 as one of BusinessWeek’s 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25. In 2008 he was named as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas, In 2009 he was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Junior Chamber. In 2010 he was named as part of the 30 Under 30 List By INC Magazine. Ryan currently serves as a member of the UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council which is advising the UN Foundation on expanding how it uses digital marketing to bring awareness to its humanitarian campaigns.
Ryan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an economics major and a Blanchard Scholar. Ryan is a 2011 graduate of the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School.