DataGrail’s Employee Spotlight series highlights the person behind the professional, digging deep and discovering what drives our team members.
This week’s spotlight features Randy Ryan. Randy earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Economics from Harvard University and has previously worked as a senior product manager at Reflektive and as a PM at Disney Interactive. Randy is excited to be driving new features, product refinements, and more by leading the DataGrail product team going forward.
What excites you about joining the DataGrail team?
It’s amazing to see how data privacy has become a regular part of our public discourse. As data becomes even more central to how companies create value, the need for policies regarding data use will only grow over time. I’m excited about DataGrail because we’re solving a significant emerging need for businesses and their customers. I’m looking forward to building the future of privacy and data transparency at DataGrail!
What is your role at DataGrail, and how do you see yourself growing over the next 2 years?
As a product manager, my role is to help DataGrail consistently deliver value for our customers. In order to do this, I’ll be working with the DataGrail team to hone our product vision and prioritize features that will have the greatest impact. Over the next two years, I’m looking forward to building greater expertise around data privacy and collaborating with our development team to build best-in-class solutions.
What has been your favorite project or challenge you’ve worked on in your career?
My first job out of college was in free-to-play gaming, which is an incredibly creative and challenging space. In addition to building technically complex applications within short timeframes, games have to be fun or you’d lose your (very expensive) audience in a heartbeat. This experience was valuable because I learned how to design a great UX and be data-driven in my decision-making.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to learn how to play the piano.
Why did you choose to work in technology, and what led you to working at a startup?
I enjoy working in technology because it brings together different disciplines to solve problems in new ways. Startups are exciting because you’re at ground zero of a company so there’s plenty of opportunity for experimentation, growth, and ownership.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy staying active, drawing, painting, and cooking. I also try to disconnect and read whenever I can – I’m currently reading Misbehaving by Richard Thaler.