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Ryan Allis

Ryan Allis

Chairman & Co-Founder


San Francisco

Chairman and co-founder of the Hive Global Leaders Program ( and Managing Partner of Hive Ventures ( Passionate about social enterprise and creating a happy, healthy, and fully alive world.





2015 Levo 100 Honoree: Entrepreneurs

Levo 100 celebrates inspiring Millennials who are transforming the world as we know it. The Entrepreneurs category recognizes those who see opportunity and build solutions—founders and leaders who are in pursuit of passion and follow their vision.

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“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir one’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work; remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency." - Daniel Hudson Burnham


Chairman & Co-Founder

Hive is a global community of leaders and entrepreneurs who are creating a better world. So far we've brought together 450 leaders from 60 countries in San Francisco for the Hive Global Leaders Program. Learn more and apply at

About Hive Global Leaders Program

Hive is building a global network of leaders who are committed to creating a better world and solving humanity's most important challenges.

Hive Ventures

Managing Partner

Impact-focused venture investor via Hive Ventures ( We focus on investing in companies solving major human challenges. We currently have 26 portfolio companies including SpaceX, LendingClub,, Off-Grid Electric, Privail, Cambrian Genomics, Connect, Soma Water, Bento, Ark, and Crux. We focus on investing in companies that are part of the global Hive community.

Harvard Business School


Co-President of the Social Enterprise Club and Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute

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Chief Executive Officer

Connect uses a location-based mapping interface to bring people together. Over four million people now use Connect around the world. I co-founded the company with Anima LaVoy after year one at HBS. I served as CEO for the first 2 years until we recruited Caen Contee to lead the team. See more at

Favorite Quotes

Greg Mortensen

"The solution to terrorism is education, not bombs."

Vincent van Gogh

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."

Howard Thurman

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it."

Mahatma Gandhi

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony."

Abraham Lincoln, Age 20

"I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come."

Martin Luther King

"We must all live together as brothers, or we will all perish together as fools."


"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men."

United Nations Foundation

Global Entrepreneur Council Member

Advised the United Nations Foundation on technology and marketing; Traveled to Kakuma UNHCR Refugee Camp near South Sudan border for malaria net distribution; Founded UNF 1% for the World Program; Presented to Kofi Annan, Ted Turner, Muhammad Yunus, Narayana Murthy, and Queen Rania at UN Foundation Board Meeting in Washington D.C.


Creating a Better World

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The Startup Guide (Coming in 2016)

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Zero to One Million

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CEO & Co-Founder

I was the co-founder and CEO of iContact from founding in July 2003 through sale to Vocus (NASDAQ:VOCS) in February 2012 for $170 million. While there, I bootstrapped for first three years then raised venture capital to scale into a leader in SaaS marketing software. I built from startup to 300 employees, 70,000 customers, 1 million users, and $50M in annual revenues.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill