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Famous Quotes By Ryan Holmes

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Pizza made me who I am. In the summer of 1998, I dropped out of college and started a pizza restaurant called Growlies in my hometown in rural Canada. My seed money: a credit card with a $20,000 limit. — Ryan Holmes

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I grew up off the grid in Vernon, and I saw my parents work hard every day, as teachers but also while farming and building a log home. So from a young age I knew the value of hard work. — Ryan Holmes

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Although the tech industry is very open to change, many people still have a closed-off mentality where, in the interest of protecting their ideas, they keep them hidden in dark caves. — Ryan Holmes

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What drives me is the prospect of turning an obstacle into a business opportunity, and then growing that into something lasting and rewarding. — Ryan Holmes

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Understanding and respecting your roots is critical not only to winning the tech talent wars but leaving a legacy that transcends bottom lines. — Ryan Holmes

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The growing role of enterprise social media, plus the growing budgets and authority of CMOs entrusted with choosing the best platforms, translates into an exciting future for apps that harness social potential for large companies. — Ryan Holmes

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Workflow and usability are not afterthoughts; they impact the core of any project and dictate how it should be engineered. — Ryan Holmes

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Social media, for all of its limitations, is rarely irrelevant. The stream of updates on your Facebook page, for instance, is algorithmically engineered to be darn-near irresistible. — Ryan Holmes

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Social media has given companies access to unprecedented amounts of information on client behavior and preferences - so-called Big Data. But making sense of it all and turning it into actionable policy has been elusive. — Ryan Holmes

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Customer service teams at many companies have already embraced social media, often out of necessity. — Ryan Holmes

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Hammer down product fundamentals first. Make sure you've got something that works before doubling down on promotion and marketing. Create a groundswell of organic support, and only then leverage PR and advertising to spread the word. — Ryan Holmes

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I'd like to think my company HootSuite is anything but a stodgy old-boys' club. As a social media company, our employees are by and large young, progressive and open-minded. — Ryan Holmes

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Since social networks gained popularity extremely rapidly, there had been a debate as to whether social media was a fad. There are countless pieces of evidence now proving the contrary, among them the explosion in Twitter growth and Facebook's public listing. — Ryan Holmes

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The basic idea of email has remained essentially unchanged since the first networked message was sent in 1971. And while email is great for one-on-one, formal correspondence, there are far better tools for collaboration. — Ryan Holmes

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Every day I'd come home after school, pop the hood of my mom's car, put alligator clips on the battery, and wire into the house and go play on my computer. If I used it for too long, I'd wear down the car battery, and my mom would be all mad at me the next day. — Ryan Holmes

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As a child, I did what any normal kid who grew up without any electricity would do - I spent countless hours working on a computer wired to my parents' car battery ... and learned how to code. This natural passion for computers lead me into the Internet market during the late 1990s and early 2000s. — Ryan Holmes

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Building outrageous expectations about the next big thing - be it a personal video chatting service or venue-based photo sharing app - can create all sorts of complications when things don't go as planned. — Ryan Holmes

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For resourceful tech founders, finding capital is rarely a problem; making the best use of it is another story. A few years slinging pepperoni pies and chicken wings - on tiny margins and with minimal investment - might not be the worst fiscal training. — Ryan Holmes

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During the early days of HootSuite, when social media was still seen as a fad, I made the decision to treat our funding as if it were my personal bank account. That's not to say I blew it on fast cars and fancy dinners. Exactly the opposite. — Ryan Holmes

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Entrepreneurs, by disposition, are built to think big. When a role no longer affords those opportunities, it might be best to leave it in capable hands and move on. — Ryan Holmes

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I often talk about the PayPal mafia out of San Francisco, people that were in PayPal and got out of PayPal and continue to reinvest in other start-ups and create a huge pay-it-forward type of network there. — Ryan Holmes

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Companies and managers that find a way to harness social media stand to gain. — Ryan Holmes

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As an entrepreneur, the pressures of a startup can be enormous, but it's rarely life or death. — Ryan Holmes

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Social media is the future, with employers recognizing they need to start hiring people with the right skills. — Ryan Holmes

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The decision to leave a company you founded and move on to a new project is never an easy one. — Ryan Holmes

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Ultimately, I'd love to see a legacy company that has alumni that come out of it and go on to create other big things. A maple-syrup mafia, a HootSuite mafia. — Ryan Holmes

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At the most basic level, prioritizing design also represents a practical consideration. It's far easier to design first and engineer later. — Ryan Holmes

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The longer you're stuck in a position that doesn't truly challenge you, the less likely you'll be able to leave it. Inertia, in fact, is one of my worst fears. — Ryan Holmes

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For some people, staying grounded means doing yoga. For others, it's spending time with family. Social media, too, can be a lifesaver. — Ryan Holmes

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Working with lots of old media clients, I've had a front-row seat on the ascension of new social players and the decline of traditional news outlets. And it's clear to me that old media has an awful lot to learn from social media, in particular in five key areas: relevance, distribution, velocity, monetization, and user experience. — Ryan Holmes

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The point is that instead of a monolithic brick of printed content - delivered more or less unchanged to all subscribers - social media offers news that is personalized and nimble. — Ryan Holmes

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One of the ironies of a conference dedicated to all things digital and virtual is that the best ways to connect with people are surprisingly old-school. Social media tools can improve the odds of a serendipitous encounter at SXSW, but old-fashioned hustle, palm-pressing and - above all - creativity go a long way. — Ryan Holmes

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While social media skills were once a 'nice-to-have,' accreditation in the space is becoming a requirement for many of these job titles. Hiring managers and job seekers are realizing that printing stacks of resumes is turning passe, and social media is rising as the new way of generating real-time networking opportunities. — Ryan Holmes

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A critical question to ask when bringing in a new CEO to take the reins of a company you started is: Do you want someone who will maintain company culture or reinvent it? — Ryan Holmes

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Social media listening tools make it easy to track brand references and mentions, and these functions can still be handled ably by a small, dedicated team. — Ryan Holmes

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For anyone who devours the web on a daily basis, the biggest problem is too much of a good thing. There's so much extraordinary content - from articles to images, videos and Tweets - that it's almost impossible to keep track of it. — Ryan Holmes

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One of the most important principles I've learned is, every so often, just drop everything. Stop racing from one party to the next. — Ryan Holmes

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By allowing multiple partners to contribute, an open platform can nurture an entire ecosystem of developers and apps. Good products integrate and become great products. Users get a one-stop solution for social needs. — Ryan Holmes

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For everybody in their busy lives, you need to invest in sharpening your tools, and you need to invest in longevity. — Ryan Holmes

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For an older generation of employees, social media often remains misunderstood and underutilized. — Ryan Holmes

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Social media has shaken up the world of sales, with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter offering new ways to hound leads and unprecedented insights into clients. — Ryan Holmes

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You can run a sprint or your can run a marathon, but you can't sprint a marathon. — Ryan Holmes

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LinkedIn and Flickr, among other sites, have already proven freemium can generate revenue in the social media context. — Ryan Holmes

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One thing I would like to see in Vancouver and Canada is something similar to the PayPal mafia. They were all early employees of PayPal. They all had monster exits with PayPal, and they were able to take their winnings and form a syndicate that co-invests. — Ryan Holmes

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Everyone told me you can't build a major tech company in Canada. There just aren't enough investors or engineers or top-level managers. Each day, I'm driven to prove them wrong. — Ryan Holmes

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A swarm of new business tools coming to phones and desktops near you promise to boost efficiency and streamline collaboration by borrowing social features from the likes of Facebook and Twitter. — Ryan Holmes

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Not using social media in the workplace, in fact, is starting to make about as much sense as not using the phone or email. — Ryan Holmes

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Silicon Valley isn't the only game in town. Tech is increasingly decentralized. Around the world, new tech centers with younger companies are able to embrace a different approach to talent: recruit locally, identify homegrown prospects and, in a phrase, bring them along for the ride. — Ryan Holmes

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As social is where consumers' eyeballs are, businesses must take ownership of their online company profiles. By providing their customers with a place to share content, social media managers can monitor and track content which directly relates to their brand. — Ryan Holmes

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Certification programs for social media are blossoming as a response to the demand for more social media training. Both industry professionals and recent graduates are tapping into tactical training programs to help them stay up to date as the industry grows. — Ryan Holmes

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Landing a million-dollar investment for your startup is exhilarating. But as big as that number sounds, it doesn't go far. Many startups just getting off the ground won't have a CFO to monitor finances. It doesn't take much for spending to spiral out of control. — Ryan Holmes

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Tech companies have a finite lifespan: For the successful ones, an IPO or exit is never more than a few years off. But by recruiting locally and developing homegrown talent, companies can build something that remains after they're gone. People, skills and a culture of innovation persist. — Ryan Holmes

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Payfirma has revolutionized the payment process, consolidating mobile, e-commerce and in-store payments under a single solution, much like HootSuite did for social media. — Ryan Holmes

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Email is familiar. It's comfortable. It's easy to use. But it might just be the biggest killer of time and productivity in the office today. — Ryan Holmes

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Importantly, companies are using social media to do things that go way beyond just chatting up existing customers on Facebook. Sales departments use social to nurture leads and close sales. HR posts job openings and vets applicants. Community and support squads mine networks, blogs and forums with deep listening tools. — Ryan Holmes

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Tech companies don't exist in a bubble; they draw from and feed into a larger community. Ideally, the relationship is symbiotic. — Ryan Holmes

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South America's most populous country, Brazil, is also emerging as one of the region's most social-media savvy. — Ryan Holmes

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Although social media is a relatively new form of communication, it has become the primary way retailers and customers are interfacing. — Ryan Holmes

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I think that Vancouver as well as Canada needs a boot camp for young entrepreneurs. We have already seen tens if not hundreds of people put their names forward to be involved in the program, and we just think this is an amazing way to accelerate what they're doing. — Ryan Holmes

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Providing better computer science education in public schools to kids, and encouraging girls to participate, is the only way to rewrite stereotypes about tech and really break open the old-boys' club. — Ryan Holmes

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If you catch me lying, it's probably because I'm about to surprise someone for their birthday, or hide away the specific details about a company getaway to a strange but amazing place. — Ryan Holmes

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Everybody getting a significant exit creates a legacy and creates something that you can pay forward and bootstrap an industry in a substantial way. — Ryan Holmes

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It helps to look at branding as a challenge that entrepreneurs spend years perfecting. — Ryan Holmes

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While consumer social like Facebook and Twitter gets the headlines, perhaps the greatest untapped potential for social networking lies in business applications. — Ryan Holmes

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From its humble origins in college dorm rooms, social media has quietly crept into the boardroom. — Ryan Holmes

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Without grounding, it's easy to embrace the 'baller' lifestyle: dropping out of tech, throwing money at cars, boats and real estate, and slipping into a cycle of spending and indulgence. — Ryan Holmes

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It may be coincidence that the decline of newspapers has corresponded with the rise of social media. Or maybe not. — Ryan Holmes

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When I was in high school, I loved paintball. I saved up my allowances and started my own paintball supply company. Everyone thought I was just some obsessed kid, but today the company is one of the biggest paintball suppliers in Canada. — Ryan Holmes

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Early in my career, I was involved with engineer-led projects, where designers came in late in the game and were expected to put lipstick on an existing code base. This almost never works. — Ryan Holmes

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Don't be scared to try new things, but remember to hold on to the vision of your company and the initial successes that defined your brand. — Ryan Holmes

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When you think of technology that gets people excited - long lines at stores, enthusiastic reviews in the blogosphere, passionate evangelists - the first thing to come to mind probably isn't thermostats. Then, along came Nest. — Ryan Holmes

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No surprise that, as companies have adopted social media en masse, demand for software and applications to manage and monitor social use has exploded. — Ryan Holmes

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Social media marketers have already shown unusual savvy in executing campaigns in Brazil. — Ryan Holmes

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My first real venture was a paintball company I started in Grade 10, when I was 16. After hearing about it from a friend, I realized my town didn't have a playing field. I did some research, spoke with other paintball company owners, and I started my own field the following summer. — Ryan Holmes

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I'm motivated by solving new and challenging problems, especially ones that people say can't or shouldn't be tackled. — Ryan Holmes

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Social media is the most disruptive form of communication humankind has seen since the last disruptive form of communications, email. — Ryan Holmes

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HootSuite never had a big launch. We were lucky to even have office space. — Ryan Holmes

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When my company was first getting off the ground, we were completely lost in the shuffle, despite our best efforts. In 2012, however, we had a 28-foot-long, 15,000-pound secret weapon. To stand out amid the gala parties and blow-out bashes hosted by much bigger tech companies, HootSuite decided to take to the streets. — Ryan Holmes

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As technology has improved, our digital lives have only grown more tangled and cluttered. — Ryan Holmes

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I'd love to build a brand, a legacy. — Ryan Holmes

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Facebook, Twitter and Google have all opened offices in Brazil, recognizing the importance of localizing their products and customer service efforts. — Ryan Holmes

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Anyone with an inbox knows what I'm talking about. A dozen emails to set up a meeting time. Documents attached and edited and reedited until no one knows which version is current. Urgent messages drowning in forwards and cc's and spam. — Ryan Holmes

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Social media teams tend to be decentralized - a motley mix of in-house experts, off-site consultants and international partners. The result: Confusion, rogue tweets, and off-message posts are almost inevitable. The worst gaffes live on in social media infamy. — Ryan Holmes

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Virtual currencies, used to buy digital goods inside online games, have become an integral part of the Internet landscape. — Ryan Holmes

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I was told I had to go to business school to succeed. I gave it a shot, but eventually dropped out to bootstrap a restaurant with just a Visa card and a $20,000 line of credit. Everyone told me restaurants were hard work (and they were right! I have so much respect for anyone in the restaurant business). I ran the restaurant for two years, sold a franchise, decided to change paths, and sold the whole operation at a modest profit. — Ryan Holmes

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By monitoring the activity taking place on social networks, retailers can amplify successful marketing and sales strategies and avoid weak tactics which can later be tied back to organizational objectives. — Ryan Holmes

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Amongst high unemployment rates, a competitive job market and a shrinking global economy, the emerging social media industry only continues to grow. — Ryan Holmes

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Anyone working at HootSuite will tell you that I don't sugarcoat my opinions. I heavily encourage feedback and suggestions - partly because I'm blunt about offering the same in return. — Ryan Holmes

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As an entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges you will face will be building your brand. The ultimate goal is to set your company and your brand apart from the crowd. If you form a strategy without doing the research, your brand will barely float - and at the speed industries move at today, brands sink fast. — Ryan Holmes

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The reality is that SXSW is packed with brilliant entrepreneurs, investors and partners. They're everywhere, zipping back and forth like thousands of atoms. Your chances of colliding with one actually improve just by standing still. — Ryan Holmes

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Sales teams use social media to generate leads and track clients as they move through the sales funnel. Operations and distribution teams forecast supply chains, while research and development squads brainstorm product ideas. — Ryan Holmes

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I don't know how many times I've turned to Twitter and Facebook to commiserate and celebrate, bounce ideas off of friends, colleagues and other entrepreneurs, and just connect with the wider world outside my office. — Ryan Holmes

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We've all been inundated with so many ingenious, must-have, time-saving apps and tools that we really don't have a second left to spare. — Ryan Holmes

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An exit is only a success if you set an exit as your primary goal. My primary goal was to build a globally influential tool, to build something from the ground up that could literally change how we communicated in business and individually. — Ryan Holmes