Since we last knew them, DoubleClick founder Kevin Ryan and former Merrill Lynch Internet stock analyst Henry Blodget have traveled separate and very distinct paths. Ryanâ€™s celebrated company was sold spectacularly in 2007 to Google for $3.1 billion and he has since re-emerged with a new fund and a new vision for Internet growth, while Blodget, suffering a period of downfall and disgrace, has re-emerged as the key voice of noted blog Silicon Alley Insider.
The two join together for a one-on-one conversation about the next and new things in Silicon Alley’s fertile Web 2.0 environment.
Kevin P. Ryan, CEO & Co-Founder, AlleyCorp
Kevin Ryan, one of Silicon Alley’s most well-known Internet entrepreneurs, has started five New York-based businesses – ShopWiki, Silicon Alley Insider, Panther Express, Music Nation and Gilt Groupe – in the past two years. He presently serves as CEO of Alley Corp, a network of affiliated companies that oversees and operates each of the five companies, and also serves as CEO of Panther Express, a content delivery network.
Prior to AlleyCorp, Kevin was first president then later became CEO of DoubleClick. There, he was instrumental in building the company from a 20 person startup to a global leader with over 1500 employees. Silicon Alley Reporter voted DoubleClick “New York Company of the Year” and Kevin was named one of the “50 Most Influential Business People” by Crain’s New York Business.
Aside from his professional responsibilities, Kevin serves on the boards of the Human Rights Watch and the NYC Investment Fund and is a member of the Insead International Council, the Yale International Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He previously served on the boards of the Direct Marketing Association, The Ad Council and Hotjobs, and the advisory board of Doctors Without Borders. Kevin received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Insead.
Henry Blodget, CEO, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Silicon Alley Insider
Prior to co-founding Silicon Alley Insider, Henry served as CEO of Cherry Hill Research, a research and consulting firm.
From 1994-2001, Henry worked in corporate finance and equity research at Prudential Securities, Oppenheimer & Co. and Merrill Lynch. He ran Merrill’s global Internet research practice and was ranked the No. 1 Internet and eCommerce analyst by Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates.
A graduate of Yale University, Henry has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes Online, Slate, Newsweek International, New York, FT and other publications. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC and NPR. He is the author of The Wall Street Self-Defense Manual: A Consumer’s Guide to Investing and edits Internet Outsider, an award-winning blog.