Kevin J. Ryan is a journalist and author who covers business, sports, and technology. He has written and edited for publications including the Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Inc., Fast Company, CNBC, and Quartz. He spent eight years reporting on entrepreneurship and tech startups at Inc. magazine, where he also hosted the Inc. Uncensored podcast. While writing for the Long Island Press, he received an award from the New York Press Association for his coverage of education during the Great Recession.
Kevin’s book Ahead of the Game: The Unlikely Rise of a Detroit Kid Who Forever Changed the Esports Industry—about entrepreneur Delane Parnell, his incredible path from poverty to building a several-hundred-million-dollar gaming company, and the burgeoning world of high school esports—was published by HarperCollins Leadership in 2022. You can order it here.
During his career, Kevin has interviewed entrepreneurs and athletes such as Daymond John, Anne Wojcicki, Steve Case, Blake Griffin, Maria Sharapova, and Dwyane Wade, and reported on companies like Tesla, Uber, Amazon, Apple, SpaceX, Airbnb, Warby Parker, Beyond Meat, and Peloton. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from Boston College and his master’s in journalism from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He lives in Queens with his wife, Abbie, and their dog, Flutie.