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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Title: Co-Founder and CEO

Company: Qualtrics

Huntsman School Interactions:

Entrepreneur Leadership Series - Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Ryan Smith co-founded Qualtrics in 2002 with the goal of making sophisticated research simple. As CEO, he has grown the company from a basement startup to one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world. Qualtrics has more than 5,000 enterprise customers including half of the Fortune 100, 1,300 colleges and universities worldwide and 96 of the top 100 business schools. In 2012, Qualtrics received a $70 million investment from Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital, the largest-ever joint investment by these two firms.

Ryan was named one of Forbes’ “America’s Most Promising CEOs Under 35” for 2013, is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and has been featured in Fortune, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, TechCrunch and USA Today. He has also appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.