Rockstar of the Month: Ryan Allen
Drumroll….This month’s rockstar is Ryan Allen, Director of Publisher Development and Activation at LockerDome. Check out our interview with Ryan below!
Name: Ryan Allen
University: University of Pennsylvania
Class of: 2013
What did you study in college?
How long have you been working at LockerDome?
More than 2 years.
What are you currently working on?
I currently oversee all of LockerDome’s media partnerships. My teams work directly with media companies to better engage and grow their audiences by embedding LockerDome widgets on their sites. Further, we work with our premium media partners to drive revenue opportunities through LockerDome’s native advertising platform.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to do anything active and outside, whether it’s running in Forest Park or tossing the pigskin around.
What’s next on your list to learn?
Professionally, I’d like to deepen my technical knowledge. I work closely with LockerDome’s product team on a daily basis, so being able to understand the basics of programming helps me communicate better, both internally and with our media partners. Personally, I need to learn how to dance before my wedding! My fiancée Madalyn McGahan, who also works at a downtown St. Louis startup, Label Insight, and I are tying the knot in September.
What do you like about working at a startup?
Prior work experience means very little; you’re judged not on what you’ve accomplished in the past, but what you’re contributing right now. At LockerDome, every employee is measured weekly on the value they bring to the company.
What feedback or advice would you give to a recent college graduate who is considering launching his/her career in St. Louis?
Take a risk. You’re young and if there was ever a time to do something out of your comfort zone, it’s now.
What do you like about working in downtown St. Louis?
I like working in the heart of the St. Louis tech community. Even since I started at LockerDome, the city has seen tremendous growth in the density of companies and talent downtown. When you’re walking on Washington Avenue, you’re bound to run into a fellow startup employee, entrepreneur or investor.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?
I’d be The Hulk, mostly because he’s enormous. Around the office, I’m known to drink my fair share of protein shakes.
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Ryan’s LockerDome profile: www.lockerdome.com/ryan80