Bryan Ritchie


Bryan Ritchie is the Chief Executive Officer of Simba Chain, the API development platform to help companies transition from web2 to web3. He is also a partner at Atua Partners, a leading venture studio and investment firm.

Previous to Simba, Bryan was Notre Dame’s vice president and associate provost for innovation, leading the University’s IDEA (Innovation, De-risking, and Enterprise Acceleration) Center, where he worked closely with deans, alumni, faculty, and students to start over 150 companies. As general partner and chief investment officer for the Pit Road Fund he led investments in over 42 companies.

Bryan has extensive experience in both industry and the academy. He has been a full professor at Michigan State University, the University of Utah and the University of Notre Dame. He has formed multiple information technology companies of his own during his career and also held management positions with Century Software, Dayna Communications, IBM, Novell, IOMEGA, Megahertz, and 3Com. He has consulted for Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Seagate, Verizon, Givaudan, and over 100 other companies. He has started over 400 companies while leading commercialization at MSU, U of U, and ND.

Bryan is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and holds an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in political economy from Emory University. Ritchie is the author of two books and numerous articles on innovation.

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