Ryan, tell us a bit about how you got to where you are today.
I’ve worked in many different areas related to business, digital marketing, and entrepreneurship. I’ve basically always been drawn to work in these fields.
I owned several different businesses, in a few different spaces, but about a decade ago I switched gears and started working in venture capital and e-commerce. Over the years I also worked in startups, have built brands, sold businesses, and been involved in digital marketing.
I will be talking more about my previous and existing ventures on my recently launched blog, so be sure to check it out at https://ryandeanhoggan.wordpress.com/.
So you’ve basically done it all when it comes to entrepreneurship and business.
I wouldn’t say I’ve done it all, but I’ve definitely amassed some pretty interesting and versatile experiences. But of course, a lot of these fields co-mingle, making it very helpful to be versatile and experienced in these different areas.
For example, e-commerce and digital marketing go hand-in-hand. I’ve tried to not limit myself to one field, and have always naturally been drawn to growth.
When it comes to being a business executive, what are some of your experiences like?
One of my favorite hats to wear is the one of a business executive, because I’m very passionate about solving and analyzing problems, and being a driving force for delivering results. When I’m involved in a company, I care about its success deeply, and I become very invested and passionate about what exactly is going on.
I don’t take on these executive roles lightly, because I know how much weight is involved in them, and just how crucial the people in these positions are.
What’s it like being a business executive in the current business climate?
Obviously, with the coronavirus pandemic and the state of the global economy, everything is a little haywire. But it’s also an excellent time to stand out as a leader in the business world.
Right now, the decisions executives are making really matter, because the wrong direction can spell a quick death sentence. There’s not a lot of room for error, even less than usual. And the people making the decisions have that power in their hands.
What’s some advice you have for someone who is just starting out in business, who wants to become a top executive?
I have two main tips: make sure you lay your foundations, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box and shake things up. So firstly, it’s important that you know your stuff, and that you gain the experience necessary to become an executive.
This may be advanced education if it’s available to you, or relevant experience at companies, which give you the knowledge you need grow.
And while you’re working your way up, don’t be afraid to take a road less traveled, and to make decisions that may scare you. They could pay off in the long run.