The One Thing – Ryan Kelly

What is your favorite part of being an entrepreneur?

I mentioned that I spent a weekend with 17 outstanding teenage startup founders in St. Louis. The passion and lack of fear is obvious. But there is more. There is no crap, just good kids doing cool things. Ryan was able to get on Shark Tank and secured funding from Barbara Corcoran. But he remains totally humble. Why was I drawn to him? Who knows, but I am going to track where this kid goes.

After Ryan presented his tips to a couple hundred teenage entrepreneurs, I asked him – What’s your favorite part of being an entrepreneur?

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Speaker, investor, mentor, startup founder. One of 3 or 4 Co-Founders of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B). Managing Director of $25M Venture Fund in late 90's. CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20M in size. One of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory (35 investments across 7 cohorts), founder and MC of the Big Top Reverse Job Fair and national writer and speaker waxing poetic around startups and startup communities. Currently EIR @ Techstars with Brad Feld ~ Startup Communities, to help community leaders around the world grow their startup community.

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