Ryan Paugh

Epic community building.

About Me

About Me

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.

David Spinks CEO of CMX Media

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.

Dan Schawbel Partner at Future Workplace

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.

Vanessa Van Edwards Founder of Science Of People

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.

Blake Hall Senior Developer at Lullabot

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).

Michael Margolis CEO & Founder at Get Storied

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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