Judge, Global Finals 2011-2012, Silicon Valley (UNC) Regional Finals 2015
VCIC Global Champion 2010, Chicago Booth School of Business

VCIC Champ goes on to raise his own fund.

After his experience winning the Global Finals with his Chicago Booth team in 2010, Ryan Gembala went on to become an early stage investor at Azure Capital Partners in San Francisco. He then became a deal lead on Facebook’s corporate development team. After almost five years with Azure and Facebook, Ryan raised his own pre-seed venture firm, Pathbreaker Ventures, based in San Francisco. When asked to discuss his experience Ryan said, 'VCIC brought academic venture capital experience to life in a quantifiable way. The judges and alumni I met through the competition have since become mentors, friends, and co-investors. It's a high-powered network of great people and a highlight of my business school experience.'
Dan Primack congratulates Ryan, whom he met at VCIC Finals. Term Sheet Aug. 31, 2015

Prior to Facebook, Ryan worked in a VC investing and operating role at Azure Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with $750 million under management, where he focused on consumer internet and mobile investing as well as worked within portfolio companies as VP of Business Development & Partnerships. Within the portfolio, Ryan ran business development & corporate development at Telly, the social video discovery network with 11M million users, and at Convercent, the SAAS leader in employee governance, risk, and compliance. As an investing Associate with Azure, Ryan sourced, analyzed, and supported investments in the internet, mobile, e-commerce and SAAS spaces. He worked closely with the management teams at Telly (Board Observer), Open Road Media (Board Observer), Tripit (acquired by Concur for $120 million), Cooking.com (acquired by Target), Get Satisfaction, BlogHer, and Education.com.

Prior to Azure, Ryan worked as Lead Associate for Hyde Park Angels, one of the 5 largest angel networks in the U.S. where he focused on consumer and SAAS investing.

Ryan is the co-founder of H.E.R.O. for Children, the first non-profit focused on quality of life care for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Ryan built HERO to $1M in revenue and 2,000 volunteers, and in 2013 HERO celebrated its 10th Anniversary with more than 3,000 children served. He currently serves as Board Chair.

Ryan earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he focused on finance, entrepreneurship, and early stage tech investing. While in business school, he and his team won the International Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) out of 56 MBA programs.

Ryan speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian and is learning to code.