On Sunday, May 15, Lecturer Jonathan Ruane became the first person from County Sligo, Ireland, to successfully reach the peak of Mt Everest.
Jonathan Ruane is a Lecturer in the Global Economics and Management group at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Research Scientist at MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). His interests are at the intersection of digital technology, entrepreneurship, strategy, and international markets. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Trinity College Dublin and a Fulbright recipient.
Ruane teaches across Sloan (MBA, EMA, Exec Education) and EECS. He cofounded a number of pioneering graduate courses at MIT including Global Business of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (with Professor Simon Johnson) and Global Business of Quantum Computing (with Professor William Oliver).
He has recently been appointed to the board of RTE by the Government of Ireland. The RTÉ Board has governance responsibility for RTÉ which is a major cultural institution of the State with responsibility for TV channels, radio channels, digital multi-media production, orchestras and performing groups. RTÉ produces media in both Irish and English and has operated since 1926.
Prior to coming to MIT, Ruane was CEO of a VC backed SAAS company that he cofounded and subsequently sold. The business was listed in the Techcrunch Euro Top 100, and Ruane himself was named in the Top 40 Irish Entrepreneurs Under 40. He started his career with Procter & Gamble.
Jonathan rows with MITRC and is an experienced climber and ultra-distance marathon runner. He is an Irish citizen and holds graduate degrees from University College Dublin and MIT.
In this interview Lecturer Johnathan Ruane explores topics surrounding Irish startups.