With each fleeting moment, we inch closer to Disrupt NY. Today we’re excited to announce that Gilt’s Kevin Ryan will take Disrupt’s stage in late April, joining our ever-growing list of speakers, which so far includes Ben and Ken Lerer, David Lee, and Ron Conway among others.
We just wrote about the rise in company builders, in which seasoned and successful entrepreneurs create studios to innovate, create and help found startups. There’s no better example of this than Kevin Ryan, one of the founders of Gilt and the brains behind AlleyCorp. A serial entrepreneur, Ryan was formerly the CEO of DoubleClick (which was eventually acquired by Google for $3 billion).
He then founded Silicon Alley Insider and flash sales giant Gilt, a company now valued at over $1 billion. His most recent AlleyCorp innovation, enterprise database company 10gen, was valued at $500 million. He stepped down as CEO in November, to be replaced by Michelle Peloso by the end of this month. Ryan will take on the role of Gilt Chairman.
We’re stoked to have him back. Ryan spoke previously at Disrupt NY 2011.
Founder, Gilt Group
Kevin P. Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, an innovative e-commerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices.
In 2007, Kevin along with a founding team created Gilt Groupe as an invitation-only site for coveted women’s apparel and accessories. Today, Gilt Groupe has over three million members and has added business lines in home; children; men’s apparel and gear (GiltMAN); vacation travel (Jetsetter); local services and experiences (Gilt City), and has launched the leading flash-sale site in Japan (Gilt Japan).
Kevin is one of the leading Internet entrepreneurs in the United States launching several New York-based businesses, including Gilt Groupe, Business Insider, ShopWiki, and 10gen/MongoDB. Kevin helped build DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005, first as president and later as CEO. He fostered DoubleClick’s growth from a 20-person startup to a global leader with over 1,500 employees.
Currently, Kevin serves on the board of Human Rights Watch, the NYC Investment Fund and INSEAD, and is a member of the Yale International Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from INSEAD.
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