Pat Ryan Jr.

Pat Ryan Jr. interviews Godard Abel, founder and CEO of G2 Crowd, during a Founders Talk event at 1871.
(Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune / Jan. 30, 2014)

Before he became a software entrepreneur, Pat Ryan Jr. was a teacher, narcotics cop and charter school founder. Today he is founder and CEO of Incisent Labs Group, which develops, incubates and funds technology businesses.

“All of our companies leverage technology to reengineer an industry,” he told Blue Sky. “As an entrepreneur, you want to make the world a better place. In social entrepreneurship, the benefit is measured in improving the lives of people. In technology, you hope to improve the lives of people, but there’s also a financial benefit.”

Ryan is Chicago chapter chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global network of business executives approved for membership before they reach age 45. In 2008, Inc. Magazine recognized analytical software maker FirstLook, Ryan’s first startup, as the No. 4 fastest-growing software company in the United States.

He is the co-chair of ChicagoNext, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s council on innovation and technology; a member of the 1871 executive committee and a trustee of Northwestern University.

Ryan graduated from Georgetown University, earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Northwestern’s School of Law. He lives in Chicago with his wife Lydia and their three children. He is the son of insurance mogul and civic leader Pat Ryan.

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