Kevin Ryan featured in the Wall Street Journal: Silicon Alley InsiderKevin Ryan is the man behind fashion fl ash-sale phenomenon Gilt Groupe, online ad powerhouse DoubleClick and hot new startup 10gen. But no matter how big his companies get, he always makes time for his health and his family
October 28, 2011
Wall Street Journal
by Adrienne Gaffney
Kevin Ryan is the billion-dollar man of New York tech. He sold one company for more than $1 billion (Double Click, an online advertising company), is founder and CEO of another company valued at $1 billion (Gilt Groupe, the fashion flash-sale site) and is the co-founder and chairman of yet another company that many predict will soon be worth a billion (10gen, which develops open-source databases). In addition, Ryan was an early investor in HotJobs (sold for a mere $450 million) and is the founder and chairman of Business Insider, a financial-news-aggregation site that recently received a $7 million investment.
One of the biggest names in New York’s “Silicon Alley,” Ryan, 47, is leading the city’s nascent rivalry with California. “In some ways, we’re like China and Silicon Valley is like the U.S.,” he says. “Yes, they still are much bigger, but we’re growing much faster.”
Ryan’s weekday is a careful balance between personal health, family and work. He wakes up early to go to the gym but still makes it into the offi ce before most other employees. He answers his own email, reads every post on Business Insider (110 today) and rarely misses a school event for one of his three kids. His day is scheduled virtually down to the minute, but he takes five weeks of vacation each year, no matter what. His next trip will be to Costa Rica, a vacation he bought on Jetsetter, Gilt’s travel site.