A New York VC Spotlight: Ryan Darnell



Ryan Darnell graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005, then work for Ingram, where he managed a sales portfolio of more than $20 million. In 2010, he started his MBA in Strategy and Finance at Vanderbilt University. In 2011, he also started to work as an Interim Strategy Consultant for BountyBev, Tennessee’s American Craft-only distributor.

In 2012, completed his MBA and left Ingram and BountyBev. In January 2012, he became a board member at the Phoenix Club of Nashville. In March, he took a spot as Interim Analyst and Consultant at FLO. Since September 2012, Darnell has been a principal at the Basset Investment Group. The consumer tech VC invests in early-stage and growth-stage companies.

VC Firm
Principal at Basset Investment Group (Since September 2006)
Principal at Modern Holdings (From June 2004 to May 2006)

Expertise areas
Consumer Internet, e-commerce, mobile ecosystem, consumer financial services, consumer-facing mobile, digital media

Phoenix Club of Nashville (From January 2012 to December 2012)

Blogs & Websites & Twitter:

Memorable Quote
On the traits that are required to become a self-sustaining, stand-alone company: “If a company is chasing growth at all costs, then they’re racing against the clock.”

About the author: Romain Polge

Born and raised in France, Romain Polge decided to go study in the U.S. He is an award-winning photojournalism student at Lindenwood University, Missouri. With a passion for writing, photography and arts, he believes that curiosity and creativity are the keys to be successful.

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