"The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success"

- Coach Wooden

About Me

 

I am a Kansas City entrepreneur that is a founding team member of Idle Smart, a provider of IoT (internet of things) trucking technology serving the transportation industry. Previously, I was the founder of a consumer Internet startup in Silicon Valley. 

 

I hold a BS and MBA from Saint Louis University where I enjoyed a successful baseball career and finished by being named Academic All-American by ESPN. Most recently, I was highlighted as a top Kansas City entrepreneur when I was named to Ingram Magazine’s “Twenty in Their Twenties” class of 2012. 

 

I volunteer as an Unified Partner for the Special Olympics and spend time speaking at events, panels, and workshops.

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Background

Idle Smart has developed and patented a product that works similar to a thermostat in your home but is designed for over-the-road semi trucks.

 

Idle Smart monitors the cabin temperature and automatically starts and stops the truck to keep the driver comfortable while saving the fleet around $3,000 a year in fuel expense and reducing CO2 emissions by up to 70%. 

 

Idle Smart also maintains fleet uptime by keeping batteries charged and engines warm during the winter months.

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I previously founded Livthis.com. Liv was a consumer Internet startup that allowed users to collect items they “want, love, and Liv for” all online, all in one place. 

 

After moving to Silicon Valley and growing a small team, we decided to shut down the concept after 2+ years of hard work and long hours. 

 

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I am the president of KC Roundtable, which is a group of 20 and 30-something Kansas City entrepreneurs who meet regularly to support and collaborate on each others’ businesses. 

 

Our mission is to:

· Focus on relationship building; not lead generating

· Facilitate collaboration, openness, transparency, learning and teaching

· Establish an entrepreneurial network

· Learn from other’s experiences

 

We have 1,000+ members and growing! – www.kcroundtable.com

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I was one of the organizers for the URace4Water: KC Balloon Dash 5K & 10K which raised $8,300 for the UNICEF Tap Project. A lack of access to water leads to the spread of dis­ease, dan­ger­ous dis­putes over water own­er­ship, mal­nour­ish­ment, and often, an absence of an edu­ca­tion, as chil­dren spend their day walk­ing to get water instead of going to school.

 

URace4Water raised funds for the UNICEF Tap Project, which pro­vides chil­dren around the world with access to clean water. The funds raised will go lit­er­ally to the ground level—drilling wells, help­ing com­mu­ni­ties build latrines and learn about water hygiene, and truck­ing safe water to com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing emergencies.

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Press & Awards

Awards

Ingram’s 20 in their Twenties

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1 in a Million – Semifinalist

1 in a Million - Kaufman Foundation

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Academic All-American – ESPN

ESPN the Magazine

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Student-Athlete of the Year – Atlantic 10

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Press & Presentations

Idle Smart Aims to Disrupt The Trucking Industry

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4 Lessons for Building a Company

Thinking Bigger Business

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Idle Smart – On Air Radio Interview

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Stitcher Radio Podcast: Ryan Bennett

Spare Room Radio

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KC Roundtable – On Air Radio Interview

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Idle Smart – On Air Radio Interview

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Thinking Bigger Business

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Startups – Made in Kansas City TV Show

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Smart Thermostat for Trucks

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Contact

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ryan@ryanabennett.com

816.898.3331

Kansas City, MO