Today I am presenting an online interview with Ryan Eagle. Infamously known as Birdman, is most recognized for being a cut-throat businessman. He has founded several successful companies till date.
Check out His interview:
1. Who is Ryan Eagle?
Well, I am Ryan Eagle! I’ve been self-employed for over ten years running various internet related businesses. I’m a cut-throat businessman that is currently involved with running three major businesses. My primary business, Sidago Integrated Solutions, is an outsourcing company that works with businesses to reduce employee overhead and increase efficiency. Secondly, I run a FOREX and crypto currency money management fund called ECC Investments. Finally, I’m an angel investor that invests into a wide array of businesses – primarily in the internet space but more recently branching into tangible businesses. I’m obsessed with business and I love creation – I absolutely love doing what I do and wake up every day (well, almost every day) invigorated and excited to work.
2. What was it like for you when you first ventured into online business?
I’ve been interested in business since I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade – I remember dreaming that I’d own a company called “EagleCOM” that created software just like Microsoft. I made my first website when I was in the 5th grade, self-taught by reading a book on HTML. I started making money online when I was 14 years old and hit my first huge success when I was 16 years old. Hitting success online was overwhelming and I honestly had no real scope of what I had done. I literally woke up one day into huge success and all limitations on my life had essentially been lifted. Even though I started making good money, I never slowed down my hustle and continued to work even harder.
3. Can you tell us a little about Angel Investing and xCell Fund?
In 2010 I started angel investing into other businesses because I knew that only way to success was diversification. Even though I can successfully start and run multiple businesses myself, I can only do so much without draining myself. Unlike the traditional angel investor that simply drops money into businesses, I like to be a lot more involved. I invest into motivated individuals and offer them all the internal resources that propel my companies. I want to truly make sure that my investments succeed – the only way for me to do that is to get involved. Since 2010, I’ve invested in roughly a dozen new companies with at least ten of them reaching millions in yearly revenue. In late 2013 I started a new parent company encompassing my investments called xCell Fund. This brand has been an important part of connecting me with potential companies and individuals to partner with. With the new company, we’ve branched into non-technology related entities as well to further diversify our portfolios.
4. Tell me about your other companies – ECC Investments and Sidago Integrated Solutions?
ECC Investments is a money management fund that focuses primarily on FOREX markets. We utilize refined and time-tested algorithms that place high frequency trades at low risk. We offer different levels of risk for our clients based on their needs, but our most sought after profile generates between 10% – 15% monthly returns with a 2% or less drawdown. Our robots generate thousands of trades a day and do a great job at mitigating risks. We utilize PAMM management to produce trades for our clients, giving us only trading rights on the accounts that our users setup – no withdraw or access beyond that. We charge a nominal fee for managing money based only on the profit that we generate. My other company is Sidago Integrated Solutions; an outsourcing company that helps businesses reduces overhead by taking their operations offshore with heavily vetted teams. We’ve been able to offer high levels of service to our clients in comparison to our competitors because of higher quality hiring practices. Both businesses have grown entirely by word of mouth referrals up to this point in time, in 2015 I see taking both companies to the retail side.
5. What would you say is your greatest achievement?
My greatest success is not related to my businesses – it’s my sobriety, something that money can’t buy. My addictive nature is hugely important in business but is a double edged sword in itself. I could have all the money in the world but if I’m not sober I don’t stand a chance at living a happy life. I’m extremely grateful that I’ve been able to enjoy this journey while maintaining my sobriety – it’s one of the few things that keep me anchored to reality.
6. As an achiever where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
I’d see myself doing the same thing I do now – hustling. I do not give up when faced with failure. I do not slack when faced with success. I would hope that I’m more diversified outside of just internet related businesses. Making money online is my comfort zone and the returns are usually far higher than tangible businesses – but they also come with major problems as well. I want to start businesses that have some sort of value even if they generate lower returns. I’m looking for longevity – not quick ends.