Ryan Lissack has played a major role in building multiple successful companies over the course of his storied career. In 2006, he started his first company, Koral, and moved to San Francisco. The following year, it was sold to Salesforce and he spent the next five years working there in various roles, including leading mobile engineering. In 2012, he moved to Los Angeles to join Maker Studios as CTO. In 2014, they sold to Disney, where Ryan spent a few years integrating the companies before co-founding Rival in 2016, which was acquired by Live Nation in 2020. After Rival, he joined MedMen as CTO and then interim CEO before taking a sabbatical. A health and fitness aficionado for more than three decades, Ryan’s approach to this field had become more data-driven, and while wearable devices provided a significant amount of data, the information lived in silos, making it difficult to gain meaningful insight. Determined to change this, Ryan founded Realize Me in 2021, a technology startup in the health and fitness space that offers advanced analytics for health enthusiasts.
“There are a number of companies in the space, and most focus on a very specific set of data,” Ryan explains, “Realize Me brings all that health and performance data together in order to provide a comprehensive view of an individual and uses intelligent technology to help users understand their data, leading to deeper insight. It is their command center for health and fitness.” The platform supports users’ progress towards their goals through the collection, analysis, and visualization of data, and members receive significantly discounted access to resources such as lab testing and supplements. Realize Me is currently running a beta program before launching next year.
As a serial entrepreneur with three prior successful exits, Ryan is passionate about building companies and creating technology. “I believe it’s important for founders of early-stage companies to be generalists who are willing and able to do anything the company needs to be successful. One of the most important skills is knowing how to bring together a team of exceptional specialists,” he states.
Ryan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Founder & CEO — Realize Me
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