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Jan Ryan

2014 Speaker

Jan Ryan is a serial entrepreneur and tech executive. She is a partner at Austin’s Capital Factory and Tech Stars accelerators, Women@Austin founder, and a seed Investor for early-stage technologies.   As a technology entrepreneur and CEO, Ryan has been passionate about building great businesses for 28 years, resulting in four successful acquisitions and one IPO, primarily in web-based and emerging technologies. She founded Social Dynamx in 2010 with a passion to transform customer care in the age of social technologies such as Twitter, Facebook and on-line communities. Raising $3M in funding, the company brought to market the first social customer care platform designed for the needs of big enterprises, and quickly attracted several large customers such as DISH Network, Time Warner Cable and HP. Ryan originally moved to Austin in 1996 to join the executive team who launched Vignette Corporation, an early Internet enterprise software company that experienced one of Austin’s most successful IPOs of 1999. Ryan also spent time in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, most recently as CEO of Sigma Dynamics, a San Mateo-based early provider of real-time predictive analytics. Ryan is passionate about new ideas in social business, mentoring entrepreneurs and seeing Austin’s influence grow as a center of innovation. She launched Women@Austin in 2013 to advance young women entrepreneurs gain access to new sources of capital. She has served on various boards, advisory boards of start-up companies and philanthropic organizations. Ryan earned a B.B.A. from Baylor University. @janryan