Courtesy of Batch.com
Former Ohio State student Ryan Amos followed his undergraduate dreams in the summer of 2009 to the West Coast, where he landed in the heart of Silicon Valley, and more recently on the pages of Forbes Magazine.
Amos, previously a computer science and engineering student, received recognition in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” feature for his influential strides in the social and mobile business sector. He was recognized for co-founding and developing a social media picture sharing site called DailyBooth and more recently for co-founding a photo app called Batch.
“Ryan’s mention in Forbes is, well, great industry recognition amongst his peers,” said Brian Pokorny, CEO of DailyBooth. “It’s well-deserved as he is one of the most innovative founders and visionaries in the mobile and social photography space today.”
The article recognizes 30 individuals under the age of 30 who have made a notable impact to the ever-developing realm of social and mobile media. Alongside Amos in this article are individuals with buzzword names such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram’s Kevin Systrom.
Amos left OSU in late 2008 to commit time to a different side project company. It was that December that Amos was approached with the idea for DailyBooth, which he took on as a contractor. He ended up as an official co-founder in March 2009, when he and co-founder Jon Wheatley went to San Francisco. It was there that startup funder Y Combinator, an investor for startup companies in Silicon Valley, considered and later accepted them for investment.
“If you would have asked me what I would be doing in four years, four years ago, it would not be close to what I’m actually doing now,” Amos told The Lantern. “Sure, starting my own company, but raising over $6 million in funding for a company I founded? Never.”
Amos and his DailyBooth colleagues thought up Batch, Amos’s latest project, as a way to focus on the mobile experience and improve on other photo apps on the market. Amos credited some the experience he gained from his time at OSU to several aspects of his new project.
“More than anything, simply the college experience is what played a role in various parts of Batch,” Amos said.
Amos described his recognition as “flattering to say the least.”
“The reality is, many people fail at creating one product and making them successful,” Amos said. “I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of two.”
For the immediate future, Amos said he will be continuing to focus and improve on DailyBooth and Batch in San Francisco where he and girlfriend, Lindsay Wiese, an OSU graduate who is also involved in a startup, enjoy living in their tech hub neighborhood.
“The best part about the past four years is watching all of his hard work pay off,” Wiese said. “With both of us working for startups, we never look too far into the future because it’s unpredictable. We’re both taking things day-by-day and enjoying discovering different areas of California.”