Ryan Hinkle joined Insight in 2003 and has worked across many industries, geographies and deal structures, spanning internet, e-commerce, infrastructure and application software companies in Europe, Australia and North America. Ryan's investments include growth equity, leverage buyouts, growth buyouts, and platform roll-ups. Current investments include eCommerce companies (Hayneedle, Fanatics, Newegg, Ozsale), mobile solution companies (AdColony, Branding Brand, Kony Solutions), SaaS/applications software companies (Smartsheet, Workforce Software) and education companies (Chegg, iParadigms, Pluralsight). Two of those active investments, Smartsheet (IPO NYSE: SMAR) and Pluralsight (IPO NASDAQ: PS) both went public this year. Ryan also works with Syncsort, a big data infrastructure company.
Ryan oversaw Insight’s investments and subsequent acquisitions of Argus Software (acquired by Altus Group Ltd), ECI (acquired by the Carlyle Group), Football Fanatics (acquired by GSI Commerce, now eBay) and Punch! Software (acquired by Navarre Corporation). Ryan works closely with the executive management of his investments and has stepped in as deputy-CFO on several occasions to help the teams. Ryan is also a key manager of the Analyst program at Insight with responsibility for recruiting, training, and mentoring. He has been named to Growthcap's list of Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors.
Prior to Insight, Ryan began his journey as a lifelong technology enthusiast by developing real-time electricity trading productivity tools with PPL Corporation. Ryan also worked with Morgan Stanley where he observed trader behavior and built software tools to increase their efficiency.
Ryan is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Finance from Wharton and Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Originally from rural southeastern Pennsylvania, he has spent over 10 years living in New York City with his wife, Sara and his son, Dylan and daughter Sadie. In New York, Ryan and his wife attempt to enjoy cycling, attending Broadway shows, experimenting with new restaurants, and exploring museums while juggling the joys of parenthood. Ryan’s other interests include HBO and Showtime original series, consuming Tweets, juggling, origami, and number theory. Ryan is also an avid Philadelphia sports fan. While he is typically overheard saying “maybe next year,” right now it’s “Fly, Eagles, Fly.”