Ryan Martens is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Rally Software. Ryan started Rally to change the technology industry by moving it from a slow, wasteful product model to a fast, sustainable service model. He is an expert in helping companies adopt Agile and Lean practices, loosely defined as methods for delivering small batches in quick cycles to speed learning and innovation. Ryan heads the Office of the CTO team, which manages Rally's strategic steering process as well as professional services innovation.
In 2012, Ryan launched Rally For Impact, whose mission is to mobilize citizen engineers to solve the world’s toughest problems. Ryan’s vision of a tech company with a social mission led to Rally being placed on B Lab’s Best For The World list (2012), Rally’s status as a certified B Corporation, and Ryan’s talk at TEDx MileHigh, among others.
Before founding Rally, Ryan directed the corporate Intranet within US West Communications. He also co-founded Avitek, a custom software development firm where he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Ryan's successful efforts at Avitek culminated in an acquisition by BEA Systems, where he served as Director of Product Management for the eCommerce applications division.
Ryan is a founding board member with Entrepreneur’s Foundation of Colorado, a member of the engineering entrepreneurship efforts at the University of Colorado, and a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute.
Ryan received a bachelor’s of science degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ryan lives in Boulder with his wife, son, and a menagerie of animals, gardens and outdoor toys.