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Local Entrepreneur helps millions

What does it take to build a multimillion dollar company? What journey does it take to get there? Last week one of our local entrepreneurial success stories shared that in a 45 minute presentation that we've shared with you below. His name is Ryan Holmes and he was here in Kelowna to accept the Alumni of the Year Award from the Okanagan College. He journey started in Vernon and if you have some time its well worth a watch. At one point in his developing career and computer ambitions he used a car battery to power his first computer (due to lack of electricity). He also shares the journey that led him to start Hootsuite.

The stats on Hootsuite are astounding: its a social media dashboard that has over 3 million active users. For anyone who does social media for work its a lifesaver. As a musician who learned social media while the music industry shifted to digital it was the first product that actually simplified the process of managing my online presence. This summer alone it helped me manage over a dozen various brands social media channels in a very time efficient manner.

Its not often that one of our local entrepreneurs succeeds so phenomenally.  Here is a video of his full presentation:

Ryan Holmes ignITEs: My Entrepreneurial Journey from Accelerate Okanagan on Vimeo.

This video was kindly shared by Accelerate Okanagan. They are a local non-profit whose goal is to increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the Okanagan.

This was part of their ignITE speaker series. For information on their next event please go to:

It was an honour to hear him accept his award while his proud parents stood in support of him. Here is a short blip of the audio from his acceptance speech.

If your still unsure what Hootsuite does here is their promo video about how they integrate into facebook. If your a bit lost on this whole social media game and you don't want your social media presence to consume your time Hootsuite is a lifesaver. I should note: no I don't own any shares in the company but I am proud to discover its strong Okanagan roots.

HootSuite Adds Advanced Facebook Management Tools from HootSuite on Vimeo.

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About the Author

Ryan Donn, singer/songwriter who started his career around the same time that cassette tapes were losing out to CD sales. He produces events such as Global Music Fest,, and Music in the Park (West Kelowna). You can also find him in local schools teaching songwriting or sharing the stage with many of our emerging local artists. He is a passionate supporter of all things creative and his column focuses on the creative community and events throughout the Okanagan.

The postings on this site are my own and do not represent the views or opinions any of my employers (Festivals Kelowna and Creative Okanagan).


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