Ryan leads growth investments in Software/SaaS, Consumer Internet, Financial Technology, and Payments companies for Accel.
He was part of the team that led Accel's investment in Groupon, a global marketplace linking consumers with local merchants.
is also active with the boards of 99designs, the leading marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design; Atlassian
, the leader in software tools for streamlining product development; Braintree, a leading software platform powering online and mobile commerce; Gameforge
, a developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs); OzForex
, an online foreign exchange payments platform; and Squarespace
, a premier web publishing platform.
Prior to joining Accel, Ryan spent nearly a decade in the Boston-area at Summit Partners leading growth investments, recapitalisations and debt financings totalling over $750 million.
He started his career as an investment banker at William Blair & Company in Chicago, where he was actively involved in M&A and equity financings for high growth, middle-market companies.
Ryan also spent time in business development at The Mentor Network, a leading behavioural healthcare company headquartered in Massachusetts.
Ryan received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, graduating magna cum laude in Economics and Finance, and remains actively involved with the University as an alumnus.
He also received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
resides in the Bay Area with his
wife and two sons, yet maintains a strong allegiance to the four major professional sports teams in Philadelphia (as will both of his