TEDxUChicago 2014



Founding Partner at 270 Strategies | National Field Director for Obama 2012


Mixed Martial Artist | Former 3-Time UFC Middleweight Champion

RYAN HOLIDAY Author, Betabeat Editor-at-Large, & Director of Marketing at American Apparel

Talk: How to Be a Loser

Ryan Holiday is Director of Marketing at American Apparel and the author of the forthcoming The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage (May 2014), a manual for approaching the obstacles we face in life and flipping them into advantages. 

He is also the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator — an exposé of the problematic incentives of the current online journalism system — and the ebook Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising. In addition, he is a leading media strategist whose campaigns have been studied by YouTube, Twitter, and Google, and covered in Fast Company, Ad Age, and Gawker; the Founder of Brass Check Marketing and a Partner at StoryArk Creative; as well as the Editor-at-Large of Betabeat, the New York Observer’s home for tech news.

He has also served as an assistant for the likes of Tucker Max (AB ‘98), Robert Greene, and Dov Charney. 

He has done all of this after dropping out of college at the age of 19.

Holiday writes at RyanHoliday.net, Thought Catalog, and Betabeat.

He is now based out of Austin, TX.


Matthew Schaefer | President & Curator

Leslie Glotzer | Sponsorship Chair

Haley Johnson | Logistics Chair

Robbie Minton | Speakers Co-Chair

Olivia Myszkowski | Speakers Co-Chair

Ashleigh Richelle | Marketing Chair

Natalya Samee | Spakers Co-Chair

Freddy Tsao | Co-Director

Victoria Wang | Finance Chair

Paul Sereno | Organizer