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Mike Ryan

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Managing Director/Founder, A Different Engine. Previously Senior Development Manager, TVWorks. San Francisco State grad.

Managing Director/Founder, A Different Engine. Previously Senior Development Manager, TVWorks. San Francisco State grad.

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following
5 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Full Stack Engineering
  • Product
  • Operations
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
Part time now, full time soon

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Product
  • • Operations

Involved In

Founder

A Different Engine
A Different Engine

Positions

Managing Director/Founder A Different Engine March 2009 - present
Senior Development Manager TVWorks May 2005 - March 2009
ITV Engineer TechTV 1999 - 2004

Education

San Francisco State University Business 2003 - 2008
Mills High School High School/Secondary Diplomas and Certificates 1988 - 1991
Nueva

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Fundraising
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Fashion
  • • Games
  • • Green
  • • Hardware
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Sports
  • • Travel
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • TV
  • • News

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Mobile • Product Design • Digital Media • Video streaming • Product strategy • Advanced tv • Online Video • Product Development • Social TV • Television

Key Accomplishments

I'm an experienced full-stack engineer who decided to night school to get an MBA. I'm the Founder/Managing Director/Technical Director of A Different Engine - a successful bootstrapped interactive agency who focuses on emerging media experiences for large entertainment and media brands. While I can design and build whole cloth software systems my passion is for helping create beautiful and functional products.

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John Gilles
We worked together  •  Business Development Lead (contract), Citizen, Inc. and Programming and business development consultant, Kuma.
Mike combines his MBA with a deep technical knowledge and has already successfully started a strong company at A Different Engine.
Rakesh Agrawal
They're my mentor  •  CEO, redesign mobile and Advisory Board, Olo. Kellogg grad. Northwestern grad.
Mike has incredible expertise in video and television. He's an innovator with great ideas about the future.
Matt Marenghi
We worked together  •  Vice President, User Interface Engineering, Netflix. Previously Vice President, Engineering, TVWorks Division, Comcast. Stanford grad.
Preston Smalley
We worked together  •  Executive Director, Product Management, Comcast and Entrepreneur, Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center.
Mike came thru for me when it mattered. He knows how to lead his team to deliver not just the product but results. That bodes well for all t ... he entrepreneurial efforts he takes on--and he's got a proven track record of building successful companies.
Preston Smalley
We worked together  •  Executive Director, Product Management, Comcast and Entrepreneur, Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center.
Mike came thru for me when it mattered. He knows how to lead his team to deliver not just the product but results. That bodes well for all t ... he entrepreneurial efforts he takes on--and he's got a proven track record of building successful companies.

Josh Steiner
They're my friends  •  Engineer / Android UX, The Guardian Project and Development Lead, StoryMaker Coalition.
Josh is a great technical resource and advisor

Randall Carr
We worked together  •  Principal Application Engineer, Net2TV. Previously Principal Embedded Software Engineer, Watchwith. Stanford grad.
Josh is a great, experienced technical resource and would be a great cofounder

Michael Smith
We worked together  •  CTO, HOOQ and Chief Product Officer, Spuul.
Mike's been involved from the ground up building large scale video experiences he does it well, he's knowledgeable and cool to boot.

Amit Gulati
We worked together  •  Senior Software Engineer, TuneCore. Previously Senior Software Engineer, Moven. Rice grad.
Amit's a great full-stack technical who can help with a lot of different aspects of developing an application ecosystem.