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Connect with Ryan Cross,

On demand applied research and innovation professional

from North Vancouver, Canada

Ryan's Offers

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Initial Consult Call

Free


  • Over the phone
  • 30 minutes
  • Currently available

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Coffee and Conversation

Free


  • In person
  • Downtown Vancouver
  • 30 minutes
  • Currently available

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1-Hour of Applied Research and Innovation

$120 (CAD)


  • In person
  • 1 hour
  • 10 booking(s) remaining this month

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10 Hour Retainer: Applied Custom Research and Innovation Package

$1,500 (CAD)


  • One time payment
  • Currently available

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50 Hour Retainer: Applied Custom Research and Innovation Package

$6,000 (CAD)


  • One time payment
  • Currently available

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Half-Day of Applied Custom Research and Innovation Support Package

$600 (CAD)


  • One time payment
  • 3 booking(s) remaining this month

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The Innovation Experience Lunch and Learn

$3,000 (CAD)


  • In person
  • Your Office
  • 90 minutes
  • 5 booking(s) remaining this month

Introduction

I am a(n):

On demand applied research and innovation professional

I am also a(n):

hiker | trail runner | entrepreneur | researcher | analyst | published author | peace and conflict expert | innovator | strategist | International Affairs | Security and Defence Intelligence | alternative financial data | Problem Solver

What I do:

I help innovative companies work on challenging problems which require deep research to unlock value, make their innovation successful, and drive business growth.

In the past, I’ve helped companies understand their business problems and opportunities in the context of user driven needs and requirements, such as:

* Identified a major gap in standard financial analysis methods: Built a technology company to fill that gap, applying a solution well known in one industry but unheard of in the finance world.

* Advising high growth technology companies on market positioning by focusing on customer value rather than feature development.

I enjoy deep research and analysis, discovery of data and information, and applying it to inform decision makers with applied research to tackle their largest problems. This includes:

* Developed and designed a novel product for financial markets from concept and initial customer validation, through to proof of concept.

* Scoped and designed applied defence analysis to support urgent military contingency planning needs.

* Adapted innovation frameworks developed for business entrepreneurship for use in multilateral peacekeeping operations.

I have also:

* Built and developed close relationships with advisors, employees, customers, investors, etc. to place product in market, raise $500K in capital and grants, hired a team, and land first client.

* Spoken to audiences ranging from classified defence conference attendees, the world’s largest financial asset managers at a premier conference on financial technology, investors, my own project teams, and highschool classes.

* Just about completed my second Masters Degree simply because it is interesting reading.

Offer

My Offer:

I help innovative companies work on challenging problems which require deep research to unlock value, make their innovation successful, and drive business growth.

Do you need an on-demand, trusted, high quality, applied researcher? Need extra firepower to dig into a problem? That’s what I do.

High Quality Applied Research Support Packages:

10 hours of Applied Research Support ($150/hour)
25 hours of Applied Research Support ($125/hour)
50 hours of Applied Research Support ($100/hour)

When you work with me as an independent, this enables custom, focused and high quality work.

I am also available to deliver impactful lunch-and-learns, seminars, and workshops.

My ideal target audience:

Business owners, entrepreneurs, and project leaders, who are working to uncover how they can increase customer traction, innovate their product or service, and capture more value.

As an entrepreneur, I’ve walked through this. As an applied researcher, I’ve investigated this. And, I’ve worked with others on this exact same issue.

I can help you:

  • Avoid designing solutions and building products for problems that nobody has.
  • Understand that you must become more agile, nimble, and quick thinking, engaged in small experiments and take measured risks, but don’t know how.
  • Generate, test, evaluate, and assess new ideas to determine product-market fit.
  • Provide on-demand innovation support focused exclusively on meeting the needs of your clients and customers
  • Where you need more information and insight and how I can support you.

Feel free to also ask me about:

What I am currently working on

Industry trends, insights, observations & opinions

My education, training & qualifications

My biggest challenges, successes, failures & lessons learned

What success means to me

How I got to where I am today

What I enjoy most/least about my career

What it is like to live and work in my city

Recommendations for anyone entering my career or industry

Issues I care most about right now and why

My values, beliefs, philosophies and/or political views

About

Why you might want to connect with me:

I am passionate about working with innovators and entrepreneurs, project leaders and experts, to find, work on, and resolve, the complex problems impacting their business. I ran my own business, and know what the challenges are; learn from my mistakes.

A little bit about myself:

I provide strategically sound, realistic solutions to complex problems. I enjoy tackling challenging problems, am driven to learn and find solutions with integrity, focus, and hard work.

Professional work experiences:

  • Chief Executive Offier at Distill Analytics
  • Research Analyst at Canadian Department of National Defence
  • Research Analyst at University of British Columbia Department of Psychology

Educational experiences:

  • MBA at Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business
  • BA in International Relations at University of British Columbia
  • MA War Studies (PT, Nearly Complete) at Royal Military College of Canada

Portfolio

Where else you can find and follow me online:

My Pick My Brain portfolio:

Google Scholar Profile


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