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Connect with Ryan Cross,

Applied Researcher & Analyst

from North Vancouver, Canada

Connect with Ryan Cross,

Applied Researcher & Analyst

from North Vancouver, Canada



Applied Researcher & Analyst

I am a(n):

Applied Researcher | Entrepreneur | Founder | Published Author | Analyst | Security and Defence Intelligence | Peace and Conflict Expert | Strategist | Innovator | International Affairs | Alternative Financial Data | Avid Hiker | Avid Trail Runner | Problem Solver

I am the go-to for:

High Quality Bespoke Innovation & Research

What I do:

I work on challenging problems. I do deep research. I help unlock value through custom research requests and supporting my clients' cutting-edge innovation work

Here are some clients have asked me to do for them in the past:

* Can you identify a major gap in how financial analysis method for us?
* Can you help me think strategically about my startup's roadmap?
* Can you help me find all the current research that backs this up?
* Can you take a look at our customer data and give us more direction?
* Can you help us build some frameworks?
* Can you help us find our total addressable market?
* Can you research X, Y and Z and tell us what you find?

I have also:

* Built and developed close relationships with advisors, employees, customers, investors, etc. to place a product in the market, raise $500K in capital and grants, hired a team, and land the first client.

* Spoken to audiences ranging from classified defence conference attendees, the world’s largest financial asset managers at a premier conference on financial technology, investors, my own project teams, and high school classes.

* Just about completed my second Masters Degree simply because it is interesting reading.


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$3,600 / month

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My Offer:

Need some research done for you or your company?
Need some extra firepower to dig into a problem?
Need someone to read a bunch of smart articles and tease out the best parts for you?

That’s where I can come in.

I help innovative people and companies work on challenging problems by helping them do the deep research that is required to unlock value, make their innovation successful, and drive business growth.

Custom Research Request Packages:

10 hours of Custom Research Requests ($150/hour)
25 hours of Custom Research Requests ($125/hour)
50 hours of Custom Research Requests ($100/hour)

Custom Support Request Packages:

Basic Monthly Support Package ($999/month)
Premium Monthly Support Package ($1999/month)

When you work with me as an independent, this enables custom, focused, and high-quality work.

Note: I am also available to deliver impactful lunch-and-learns, seminars, and workshops.

My ideal target audience:

Business owners, entrepreneurs, and project leaders, who are working to uncover how they can increase customer traction, innovate their product or service, and capture more value.

As an entrepreneur, I’ve walked through this. As an applied researcher, I’ve investigated this. And, I’ve worked with others on this exact same issue.

Reach out if you want to:

  • bring on a part-time researcher.
  • become more agile, nimble, quick thinking, engaged, and relevant.
  • be equipped with credible information.

Feel free to also book a session if you want to ask me about:

What I am currently working on

Industry trends, insights, observations & opinions

My education, training & qualifications

My biggest challenges, successes, failures & lessons learned

What success means to me

How I got to where I am today

What I enjoy most/least about my career

What it is like to live and work in my city

Recommendations for anyone entering my career or industry

Issues I care most about right now and why

My values, beliefs, philosophies and/or political views


Why me:

I am passionate about working with innovators and entrepreneurs, project leaders and experts, to find, work on, and resolve, the complex problems impacting their business. I ran my own business, and know what the challenges are; learn from my mistakes.

A little bit about myself:

I provide strategically sound, realistic solutions to complex problems. I enjoy tackling challenging problems, am driven to learn and find solutions with integrity, focus, and hard work.

Professional experiences:

  • Chief Executive Officer at Distill Analytics
  • Research Analyst at Canadian Department of National Defence
  • Research Analyst at University of British Columbia Department of Psychology
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Educational experiences:

  • MBA at Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business
  • BA in International Relations at University of British Columbia
  • MA War Studies (PT, Nearly Complete) at Royal Military College of Canada
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Where else you can find and follow me online:

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My Overall Rating:

(4 Reviews)

Written Reviews I've received:

Ryan Alimo, Ph.D.
December 23, 2020 | OPAL (Custom)

Ryan is great

September 24, 2020 | OPAL

excellent market research service. Ryan is one of the best in the world in his work.

Pick My Brain ., Pick My Brain Knowledge Store
August 31, 2020 | 10 Hours of Personalized Research


Maxine Cunningham, CEO of Pick My Brain
July 9, 2020 | 10 Hours of Personalized Research

I now believe EVERY innovative team and every influential thought leader should have a part-time researcher like Ryan on call and on subscription.

It’s remarkable the benefits that comes with 10 hours of professional re...

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