Ryan Junee

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Ryan Junee
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Ryan Junee at G'Day USA
Born 17 November 1979[1]
Residence San Francisco
Nationality Australian-American
Occupation Entrepreneur
Years active 2002—present
Known for Founder of Parsable, Omnisio and Inporia
Partner(s) Paris Rouzati
Website http://ryanjunee.com/bio

Ryan Junee is an Australian-American entrepreneur.[1][2] He is the founder of Parsable and is based in San Francisco.[1]

Early career[edit]

In 2002, Junee graduated from the University of Sydney in Australia with degrees in computer engineering and commerce.[3][4] After graduating, Junee worked at Telstra, but left when one of his friends raised money for a startup, Sensory Networks.[3][5] Junee was the first non-founding employee at Sensory Networks, and was with the company as it grew from 5 employees to 70.[3][6]

In 2003, he was accepted into the Electrical Engineering PhD program at Stanford University and moved to Palo Alto, California.[3] After observing the entrepreneurial energy in Silicon Valley, he left Stanford once he obtained his Masters degree.[3] He resumed working at Sensory Networks as Director of Strategic Partnerships in their Palo Alto office.[3]

Entrepreneurial career[edit]

In October 2007, Junee left Sensory Networks to co-found his own company, Omnisio, with Julian Frumar and Simon Ratner.[7] Junee was the co-founder and CEO of Omnisio, a service that made online video more interactive and social, allowing users to add annotations to videos, tag people and highlights, and synchronize videos with PowerPoint presentations.[2][3][8] To much acclaim, Omnisio is most famous for the concept of banner advertising units on YouTube videos. The company received early-stage funding from Y Combinator and Chris Sacca.[9][10]

In July 2008, less than a year after the company was founded, Google acquired Omnisio for an undisclosed amount (TechCrunch reported that the amount was in the range of $15 million).[11][12][13][14] As part of the deal, Junee became Product Manager at YouTube.[1] While at YouTube, Junee integrated several of Omnisio’s features into YouTube, including video annotations; in addition, he oversaw the implementation of RealTime, which lets users know what their friends are viewing.[15]

Near the end of 2009, Junee left Google to start Inporia with Max Skibinsky, who sold Hive7 to Playdom in 2010.[7] Inporia, an eCommerce fashion site that combines elements of social and gaming technology, has raised $1.25 million in seed funding from New Enterprise Associates, Ron Conway, Dave McClure, among others.[7]

In 2013 Junee founded Wearable Intelligence[16] with Yan-David Erlich and Chase Feiger, with a goal of bringing wearable technologies like Google Glass to enterprise markets. In 2016 the company was renamed Parsable[17] and raised an additional $20M in funding from investors including Schlumberger, Airbus and Saudi Aramco.

Reception[edit]

Junee has been profiled in the Sydney Morning Herald, Inc. Magazine, Smart Company, Virgin Inflight Magazine, and FHM.[6][9][12][18][19] He was named Alumni of the Year by the University of Sydney, awarded with the 2012 G'day USA Australian Innovation Award in Silicon Valley, and received special recognition from the Pearcey Foundation.[4][20][21] He is also an advisor at 500 Startups and Startmate.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Biography. RyanJunee.com.
  2. ^ a b Timson, Lia. Silicon Valley success for savvy Aussies. Sydney Morning Herald. 11 November 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g View From the Top - Ryan Junee. Advance. 16 October 2008.
  4. ^ a b Alumni of the Year sell to YouTube. The University of Sydney. 5 November 2008.
  5. ^ Gedda, Rodney. Aussies strike it rich with $15m Google buyout. PC World. 31 July 2008.
  6. ^ a b Aussie online video entrepreneurs sell out to YouTube for $US15 million. Smart Company. 6 August 2008.
  7. ^ a b c d Empson, Rip. Stealth Startup Inporia Raises $1.25 Million From Ron Conway, 500 Startups And More. TechCrunch. 11 May 2011.
  8. ^ Hammond, Michelle. Should you be California dreaming?. StartupSmart. 10 February 2011.
  9. ^ a b Cain, Alexandra. How to sell your business to Google. Sydney Morning Herald. 19 November 2010.
  10. ^ Sacca, Chris. Couldn't be happier for Omnisio. 30 July 2008.
  11. ^ Arrington, Michael. Google Acquires Omnisio To Spice Up YouTube. TechCrunch. 30 July 2008.
  12. ^ a b Can Paul Graham Mass-Produce the Start-up?. Inc. Magazine.
  13. ^ Wanted to buy: geeks with big ideas. Sydney Morning Herald. 24 December 2011.
  14. ^ Moses, Asher. Gold diggers: Aussies strike it rich in Silicon Valley. Sydney Morning Herald. 15 September 2011.
  15. ^ YouTube lets users see what friends are watching. Sydney Morning Herald. 24 April 2009.
  16. ^ "Wearable Intelligence raises $8 million to bring Google Glass into the workplace". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  17. ^ "Could This Software Make Walkie Talkies and Binders Obsolete?". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  18. ^ From Australia to Silicon Valley. Virgin Australia. July 2011.
  19. ^ Ryan Junee, 29, Technology. FHM Australia. January 2009.
  20. ^ Ryan Junee - recipient of the 2012 G'day USA Australian Innovation Award in Silicon Valley. YouTube.
  21. ^ 2009 NSW Pearcey ICT Entrepreneur of the Year. The Pearcey Foundation.

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