Spotlight on Our Managing Partner
New York, NY 10018
Ryan Hughes is a board advisor and investor with several major players in the tech world. He has managed strategic partnerships with the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft for some of the world’s largest tech companies. He has direct experience managing innovation in payments, artificial intelligence, visual search, and IOT. Ryan has driven deals from concept through to deployment spanning these emerging platforms.
Ryan was most recently the Head of Revenue and Financial Institutions at SamsungPay. Prior to that he was the Chief Marketing Officer of SoftCard™, a JV of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, which was acquired by Google.
Before joining SoftCard™ Ryan was Vice President of Business Development and Innovation at Verizon where he managed strategic partnerships and oversaw business development in new and emerging verticals.
One of the original pioneers in mobile content while at Verizon, Ryan ran Verizon’s app store, video services, and music business, overseeing a ~$2B P&L through strategic partnerships with app developers, music labels, sports leagues, and film studios.
Ryan was recruited to Verizon after successfully building out the National Hockey League’s technology infrastructure to digitize and deliver video content directly to consumers’ mobile phones, PCs, and tablets, significantly disrupting the traditional television sports rights landscape in North America.
Ryan currently serves as a board advisor to several major tech players, including Money2020, and Danal (recently acquired for $112M). He has also been recognized in the past as one of the 6 most influential people in the wireless industry (In-Mobia), one of the top 10 executives in mobile sports (Sports Business Journal), and one of the top 10 executives in mobile Music (Billboard Magazine)
Before starting his career in executive search with GAAP, Ryan was a 2nd round NHL draft pick, a member of the Team Canada World Junior hockey team, and two-time captain of the Cornell Men’s hockey team.