Ryan is one of the most thoughtful leaders and community builders I know. He truly gets how to support people and bring them together. Always giving without asking for anything in return, I’m proud to consider Ryan a friend and mentor.
I’m Ryan Paugh and I build epic communities.
I’ve been at the forefront of building highly curated, technology-enabled communities for 10+ years. I first co-founded Brazen Careerist (now Brazen Technologies), a career-management site for high-achieving young professionals and ambitious college students, where I led the company’s community development efforts. Brazen was recognized as one of the top social networks for Gen Y by Mashable.
I then went on to co-found Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) in 2010 with Scott Gerber, an invite-only organization for top entrepreneurs 40 and under that Forbes called “the most elite entrepreneurship organization in America.” He saw YEC as a unique opportunity to apply the expertise he developed at Brazen Careerist to help fellow entrepreneurs access the resources, technology and most important, people they need to succeed. YEC’s members now generate billions of dollars in revenue and have created tens of thousands of jobs.
Today, Ryan and his team are building on their vision of the future of professional organizations with The Community Company, a company poised to launch dozens of vetted communities engineered to help ambitious professionals grow their network and expand business opportunities. It’s a mission Ryan identifies with; after graduating from Penn State University and launching his own entrepreneurial career, he knows firsthand the value of a trusted community.
Called “a cult legend in the online-community building world” by Mashable, Ryan is now focused on creating a strong membership experience and positive business outcomes for thousands of successful executives, thought leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.
What people have said about me.
Through my work in community building I’m grateful to have worked with and become trusted colleagues with these amazing people.
When you work with Ryan, you’re working with the best-in-class community expert that can start, nurture and expand a community from zero to thousands of members. Unlike many entrepreneurs who are ego-centric, Paugh is member-centric and constantly looks for new ways to support his community, even at the expense of himself.
Ryan is an asset to any team and a pleasure to work with. He has a deep knowledge of the industry and a unique perspective on branding and taking brands to the next level.
Ryan is an absolute master at community building and management. While working at Brazen Careerist together I was in awe at the engaged and passionate community he was able to nurture (almost singlehandedly).
Ryan is a visionary entrepreneur and master connector. He knows how to execute, and execute big! And he does it with a generous spirit. Since I’ve become a member of YEC, Ryan’s presence has made a huge difference in my world. He’s provided me with tons of new connections, business leverage, and serious media coverage.
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Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter is a culmination of 10+ years spent helping clients eliminate bad networking habits and embrace a relationship-centered formula instead. It will fundamentally shift the way you think about and approach relationship building. And it will transform your results.Visit Site
Men’s Health Fitness Council
As the leading brand for active, successful professionals, Men’s Health has always been committed to giving their audience the tools to improve their lives and make better, healthier choices. The launch of Men’s Health Fitness Council allows them to take that mission one step further and use their global reach and resources to help the fitness professionals in this community build credibility with clients, access money-saving discounts on important business services, and share knowledge with other industry peers.Visit Site
An invitation-only forum to exchange ideas and resources, make high-value connections and provide needed mentorship. To date, the organization has accepted less than 10 percent of the over 14,000 applications — is helping disrupt business mentorship and the professional business organization model as we know it.Visit Site
A new and innovative network of organizations for the most world-class business professionals, who now have a place to discuss and solve pressing business challenges with their peers, share their insights via thought leadership on Forbes.com and get personalized one-on-one support from their Forbes Councils concierge, who acts as an extension of their own team. Concierges work with members on a regular, ongoing basis to learn about the member’s specific business needs and challenges. With that information, the concierge proactively connects the member to the right industry peers or resources exactly when they need them.Visit Site