Young Professionals: IT entrepreneur focused on where the industry is headed

Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator
Ryan Barichello is president of LinxSmart and SOAP Vault, two IT firms.
Hamilton Spectator

Ryan BarichelloName: Ryan Barichello

Age: 31

Position: President, LinxSmart (a business application company) and SOAP Vault (a software-as-a-service company)

Job Description: Aside from operating both, I help solve business problems with technical solutions. All of LinxSmart’s business app clients have been through planning and consulting to determine how we can solve problems in their unique business operations using web and mobile technologies.

Is this the job you thought you’d be doing?

In some way, shape, or form – yes. I’ve really only ever been interested in pursuing a career as an entrepreneur, and business apps happened to be the vehicle.

Advice to others on launching a career:

Try to understand where your industry of interest is heading in the next few years. I wouldn’t suggest starting a career in an industry that’s in its early stages of disruption by a completely different business model (there is a lot of this happening right now).

Roots: Born and raised in Ancaster, and now resides in Hamilton.

Twitter Handle: @linxsmartinc

iPhone, Android, or BB? Android

Recent Tweet or FB update: Next time you’re cleaning out a head of iceberg lettuce, try “Kali-ma-ing” the core out, Indiana Jones Temple of Doom-style. It’s pretty fun.

Networks: Festitalia Hamilton Board of Directors, Canadian Italian Business Professionals Association, Software Hamilton, Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Network

Favourite restaurant in the downtown: Pho Dau Bo

Best feature of life in Hamilton:

For those starting out, there are so many events and opportunities to connect and grow your young, fledgling business.

What would make Hamilton a better city?

It’s great to see Hamilton on the upswing. The ongoing process of the downtown rejuvenation should continue to attract young, talented, and creative minds.

Contacts: ryan@linxsmart.com; linxsmart.com

Quote: “Hamilton is full of so many amazing and ambitious young professionals, I’m very grateful for being among them.”