Ryan Holmes, CEO and founder of HootSuite, gave an inspirational talk as part of the ignITE speaker series in the Okanagan about his journey as an entrepreneur, followed by a fireside chat and Q&A with Jeff Keen, CEO of Accelerate Okanagan.
Wynne Leung, a UX/UI designer from the Okanagan, attended the event and offered her perspective:
Two things really hit the spot for me. The first is his perspective on leadership and the second is his attitude about life. It was humbling to witness an amazing leader like Ryan speak to the audience in such a comfortable and friendly manner. At times, it felt like the kind of talk people would have around the fireplace on a winter evening with friends. Except we were sitting in a college auditorium, listening quietly and attentively, with no fireplace in sight.
He was quoted as saying at the end, ‘Nothing is owed … Keep motivated and hustle.’ With just a sentence, he summed up something I feel people struggle with, and that is the notion of self-loathing through anxiety and fear. That things ‘should’ happen to people at certain times. So, truly being able to let go of this grandiose idea that some have about themselves and their talents and all the ‘shoulds.’ That nothing is owed to you. That miraculous things can happen if your passion is genuine. That hard work pays off. Not only did he speak of it during this talk in the Okanagan, but he lived it.
Needless to say, he is a role model to a creative person like myself who is also working on a dream. Go Canada Go!
Thought leader, dog lover and serial entrepreneur, Ryan has redefined the face of social media — bringing Twitter, Facebook and other social networks out of the dorm room and into the boardroom. Ryan has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with close to five million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies. A college dropout, he started a paintball company and pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed HootSuite in 2009.
Today, Ryan is an authority in the social business revolution, quoted in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and called upon to speak at TEDx and SXSW interactive conferences. An angel investor and advisor, he mentors startups in Canada and around the world. Also, through HootSuite University, Ryan partners with major universities to deliver social media coursework to the next generation of business leaders.
Accelerate Okanagan’s interactive speaker series ignITE is designed to Inspire. Transform. Educate. It is part of the educational cornerstone in our offerings to our members, companies, entrepreneurs, businesses and the community at large. Its underlying purpose is to inspire our community through thought provoking talks given by world renowned authors and visionaries. So far in the series, technology startup gurus Steve Blank, Geoffrey Moore and Ryan Holmes have presented.
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Ryan Holmes ignITEs: My entrepreneurial journey