Episode 96

Making an Impact from Personal Experience with Ryan Frankel

This week our host Steve McGarry sits down with Ryan Frankel. Ryan is the exited founder of “Verbalize It”, and the Current Founder and CEO of “This App Saves Lives”. Ryan talks about his experience getting sick while traveling and how being unable to communicate with the medical personnel there led him to the idea of developing the translation app, Verbalize It. The two also sit down and discuss some of the details and the steps that Ryan took before the company was purchased by Smartling in 2016. Steve asks Ryan about the right time to sell a business, and Ryan talks about where he is at today with his current company.

Ryans’ current company, This App Saves Lives, focuses on putting a serious dent in distracted driving by rewarding individuals who choose not to use their phones while driving. Drivers are rewarded by major brands with incentives while driving undistracted. “This App Saves Lives” is a mobile application that was founded after Ryan was severely injured while cycling and being struck by a distracted driver.

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanvfrankel/
Twitter – @Rvfrankel – https://twitter.com/rvfrankel
Website – https://www.thisappsaveslives.com/
About Me – https://about.me/ryanfrankel


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Steve McGarry

An entrepreneur, content creator, and investor based in sunny Tampa, Florida. In 2015, while living in San Francisco, Steve sold his first fintech startup LendLayer to Max Levchin’s (founder of PayPal) consumer finance company Affirm.

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