James Ryan

James Ryan

Speaker
Managing Partner

I am an experienced global sales leader who has built sales teams and revenue for seven growth-stage startups, leading to 5 acquisitions and 2 IPOs. In October 2018 I sold my seventh startup, Medstro. After spending 15 years in Asia building and managing international sales teams for three telecommunications startups, I returned to the US where I ran global sales for cloud infrastructure startups Egenera and PeerApp. In 2013, I co-founded and funded Medstro, the leading online communities and collaboration platform in medicine and healthcare. As Medstro's COO/CRO, I was responsible for bringing in business and delivering revenue, as well as managing the financial operations of the company. After Medstro launched in April 2014, I secured large contracts with the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Medical Association, Google, Philips Healthcare, Anthem and Boston Scientific which resulted in Medstro becoming cash-flow positive in only 14 months, and profitable in only the second year of operations. I grew Medstro's revenue at a CAGR of 267% since 2014. In addition to running sales at Medstro, I also managed the product and development teams, and financial operations. In October 2018 I successfully sold Medstro to a major health care digital marketing firm. Since February 2019 I have been COO of Brain Power LLC, the leading augmented reality product developer for special needs education. During the course of my career, I have established strong and lasting contacts with customers, channel partners and investors around the world. I have established dozens of subsidiaries, joint ventures and channel partnerships and I have hired, managed and mentored hundreds of sales professionals to grow global businesses for startup companies. I am a native speaker of Japanese, and am conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French. I love fitness and outdoor adventure. I have climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon twice and the Cape Cod Marathon once, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 8 times. I have a pilot license and enjoy flying my Piper Lance around New England.
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