As a founder, operator and investor, Ryan brings over 20 years of global financial services expertise spanning payments, remittances, credit, security, and compliance to Propel Venture Partners. At Propel Ryan has lead investments in Guideline, EaseCentral, Steady, Abe Labs, Civic, Draftmates and DriveMotors. He also serves as the executive chairman of Better Finance/SmartBiz, a small business lending marketplace he founded as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Venrock; has represented the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and BRAC Bank as an independent director of bKash, Bangladesh’s leading remittance network; and a director of River City Bank in Sacramento. His prior roles include co-founder and CEO of real estate payments company PropertyBridge (acquired by MoneyGram International), an early investor in EventBrite, and a founding advisor to Square. Ryan graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is member of the State Bar of California.