Ryan Sydnor

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Takeaways From DigitaLatest: An Essential Summit for Marketing Executives

Five of my Cornell Tech peers and I were fortunate enough to attend the DigitaLatest conference organized by Michelle Greenwald. Throughout the conference we learned from each company about what makes them unique, how to leverage those differentiators to market more successfully, and about big picture trends. I’m going to focus this blog post on the final category: my takeaways on the big picture trends as perceived by multiple tech titans.
Aug 12 2018 · 5 minute read

Agile MBAs: Cornell Tech Students Reflect and Grow Together

I made so many new and diverse friends this summer in gorgeous Ithaca, NY. This is where my classmates and I spent the first three months of our Cornell Tech MBA program. A common goal that unites us is fusing technology with business and creative thinking - a core tenet of the Cornell Tech MBA. We also share the premise that the rapid pace of innovation in the digital age calls for a new approach to the way we learn, collaborate, and craft our experience. With that in mind, as our MBA class of 2019 approached the end of our summer semester in Ithaca, we wanted to crystallize our experiences by reflecting on what had gone well, what could be improved, and what actions we should take going forward.
Aug 8 2018 · 3 minute read

Summary of Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd, Applied to Business

Certain to Win dissects historical warfare strategies through the lens of John Boyd's OODA Loop and derives principles that can be applied to business. Richards argues that we can apply the principles of warfare to the challenges of operating a business because business is a zero sum game played by a 'team' in stressful and uncertain situations. Here are the key concepts...
Jun 7 2018 · 4 minute read

HashChain Technology Inc: An Economic Analysis

This analysis is focused on HashChain Technologies, Inc. They were founded on August 15th, 2017 and operate in the rapidly expanding cryptocurrency market. On September 25th, 2017 raised $4.4M and went public on December 18th, 2017 on TSXV with a ticker symbol KASH. Their market capitalization upon IPO was $108M, however after a 2:1 split on February 5th, 2018 and significant losses in stock price, their market capitalization is now $21.5M.
Jun 5 2018 · 10 minute read

Technical Project Management at Codesmith.io

In this presentation I teach the students at Codesmith.io about the fundamentals and principles of technical projcet management. I then discuss processes and tools that could enable them to successfully deliver results.
Mar 24 2018 · 1 minute read

Reducing Elixir Backend Time From 120ms to 20ms With Parallelization

TpT takes performance seriously since it is widely accepted that performance delights users, increases Search Engine rankings and improves conversion rate. In this post, we’ll talk about how we reduced our product page upper 90th percentile response time from 120ms to 20ms.
Aug 2 2017 · 4 minute read

A/B Testing Using React, GraphQL and Apollo

Here at Teachers Pay Teachers, we want to ensure that any change we make to our site benefits our community of educators. In order to do this effectively we take an extraordinarily data driven approach to releasing code. This post shares the details of TpT's A/B testing implementation.
Jun 3 2017 · 3 minute read

Dimensions of Coffee

A small presentation I gave while working at Bridgewater Associates about the various dimensions that effect the flavor of coffee
Apr 1 2016 · 1 minute read