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Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

Formal First Name
Ryan
Dates
1988 - present

Ryan Williams is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cadre, a revolutionary platform that democratizes access to commercial real estate. He is a serial entrepreneur at the intersection of technology and real estate. Prior to Cadre, Williams worked in the real estate private equity division of The Blackstone Group, where he closed transactions in multiple asset classes. He also worked at Goldman Sachs in its technology, media, and telecommunications group.

Professional Experience


Academic History

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • At the young age of 12, Williams founded a sports technology company.
  • He has launched multiple residential real estate funds, acquiring and selling nearly 1,000 multifamily units and single-family homes throughout the United States.
  • While at the investment banking group of Goldman Sachs, he focused on advisory and financial restructuring assignments of some of the largest global technology and media companies such as Expedia, CBS, and The Weather Channel. 
  • While at the real estate private equity division of the Blackstone Group, he closed more than $3 billion in transactions including the leveraged buy-out of Apple REIT Six and the acquisition of the Hyatt Waikiki hotel and retail center.
  • As Chief Executive Officer of Cadre, he has raised over $130 million of corporate capital backed by investors, including Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Ford Foundation, Khosla Ventures, Thrive Capital, and General Catalyst.


THE BIRTH OF CADRE

  • Williams initially saw an opportunity in the real estate sector when he noticed rows of empty homes during a trip to Atlanta in 2009. 
  • He designed a digital system to track the properties as they slipped into foreclosure through the financial backing of Joshua Kushner, his college friend whose family owns a multibillion-dollar real estate portfolio.
  • He then bought these properties from banks and short-sellers at a big discount, accumulating dozens of houses and hundreds of apartments by the time he graduated from Harvard.
  • In 2014, he established Cadre, with a mission to make major real estate assets as easy to invest in as publicly traded stocks.
  • He raised $70 million and purchased about $1 billion in properties, including apartment buildings in Astoria and on the Upper West Side. 
  • Cadre has secured investments from the Kushners and other moguls such as Jack Ma and Peter Thiel.


MEDIA

  • Williams has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.