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Ryan J. Negri

Entrepreneur • Advisor Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Area, US

Co-Founder & CEO @Laicos; Tampa based #StartupStudio. #Philanthropreneur & #AngelInvestor. Board @BecauseOfEzra.

Co-Founder & CEO @Laicos; Tampa based #StartupStudio. #Philanthropreneur & #AngelInvestor. Board @BecauseOfEzra.

9 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In


NegriCo, LLC
Laicos, Inc
Negri Electronics
Negri Investments LLC


Because of Ezra

Side Projects



Board Member Because of Ezra 2014 - present
Founder NegriCo, LLC May 2012 - present
Co-Founder & CEO Laicos, Inc May 2012 - present
Founder Negri Electronics June 2006 - March 2014
CEO Negri Electronics June 2006 - December 2013
Founder & CEO Negri Investments LLC January 2000 - December 2010


St. Cloud State University Business Economics 1999 - 2003

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Venture capital
  • • Relationship management
  • • Investing
  • • Social Media
  • • Strategic Partnerships
  • • Relationships
  • • Risk Taker
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Games
  • • Green
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Sports
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Fitness
  • • Records
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Mobile • Wireless • Electronics • E-Commerce • Retail

Key Accomplishments

I’m a Wisconsin-born tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor. I've always been passionate about solving problems and giving back to others and to the community. Using my knack for finding solutions to difficult problems and keen interest in technology, I have a unique vision that helps others identify, simplify and solve problems.

I grew up in Northern Wisconsin near a golf course. At 4, I opened up my own golf ball sales company and sold used golf balls to passing golfers. At 14 I purchased by first vehicle and have since owned 33 more! I sold my car at the end of each summer, to buy a truck for each winter. Needless to say, I was groomed into a seasoned salesman by my senior year in HS.

I attended St. Cloud State University from 1999-2003. During my sophomore year,I purchased my first home. I rented the extra rooms to my friends, collecting enough rent to pay for room/board until I graduated. I ended up selling the home 3 years post-graduation - right before the housing market crash.

I founded Negri Electronics in 2006, with two credit cards, working from my girlfriend’s (now wife’s) apartment. I grew the company from $0 to $53M in total revenue ($18M in 2013) to exit in 2013 (x-mas eve “Merry Christmas”) without raising outside capital or ever taking on debt. During my time at Negri Electronics I worked in, or managed, every department from Accounting to Warehouse! When you’re a founder, you wear many hats. That extensive experience has helped me learn the correct way to create and scale companies.

I’m excited about growing my second company. My role as CEO of Laicos is to curate an amazing team of talented and thoughtful individuals, community leaders, and brilliant engineers. My other responsibilities include, but are not limited to; Fundraising, Operations, working with Legal, CPA’s & bookkeepers, as well as recruiting advisors, mentors and Board Members.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I can bring the problem-solving mindset that may be missing. I have terrific ideas and an eye for a good design. My genuine focus is on helping people, solving problems, fixing the world and making everything more efficient. I have started 4 companies, one of which was founded n 2006 and exited in 2013.

As an Advisor

I love helping entrepreneurs problem solve. I'm always here to help, and provide insight deeper into the problem than what the creator may see themselves.

I have connections to funding, other advisers, and big companies on the lookout for acquisitions.

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Kyle Matthews
We worked together
Ryan already is a great entrepreneur - with a successful self-built brand, multiple locations, and a hunger for new ideas.
Philip Negri
We worked together at Negri Electronics Inc
Ryan has always been an entrepreneur. He finds ways to make a profit by giving people what they want. He's a terrific salesman and he's incr ... edibly driven to be successful at whatever he does.
Ian Imrich
They're my advisor
Ryan is a highly- motivated individual who is resilient and unfazed by challenges that face today's entrepreneurs in the global eCommerce wo ... rld in which we live today.
Brad Koch
They're my advisor
I've known Ryan for over 10 years and have always felt he would be an entrepreneur. For starters, when Ryan commits to something you can al ... ways count on him to deliver. Ryan is a very driven person and understands the energy/focus needed to be successful. He understands to grow a business, he has to wear all the hats at times and delegate when he can. All while, impowering his employees and allowing them to grow as well.
Jon Rettinger
We worked together at TechnoBuffalo LLC
I have worked with Ryan for years in his role of CEO of Negri Electronics. He is one of the most talented, honest, and innovative Entrepren ... eurs I've had the pleasure of knowing. He has a unique ability to see trends before they happen, enabling him to constantly stay ahead of the curve. Any investor would be lucky to work with Ryan.
Robert Desel
They're my mentor
Ryan is a thoughtful risk taker, and has a high degree of focus on the customer, their requirements and satisfaction
Josh Gordon
We worked together
Ryan is able to hone in on market opportunities and tenaciously pursue them.
Krista Whitley
We worked together  •  CMO, NEGRICo. Previously CEO, EGO: Entertainment & Growth Opportunities.
Ryan Negri is an inspiration to everyone whose lives he touches thanks to the core values that drive everyone of his decisions. Honesty, ima ... gination, and passion aren't just buzz words for Ryan because he doesn't make a move without fully considering each. As a mentor, investor, or advisor to entrepreneurs, he takes the time and care to ensure that he is accessible, that he sees the full picture, and that the entrepreneur has the support they need. His holistic approach to people and belief in balance makes him the rare leader that other leaders enjoy following. It has been my pleasure to learn from him and I am a better entrepreneur, community leader, and mother for having done so. I cannot recommend Ryan Negri highly enough.
Jason Miller
We worked together  •  Director of Global Sales & Business Development, C2 Wireless. Previously Director of Sales and Marketing, AA Wireless Inc.
He is extremely passionate and driven. Very well rounded and grounded .