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“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
- Ellen Sirleaf, Africa's First Female Head of State
Evan Wray is the Cofounder of Swyft Media, a mobile advertising company specializing in deeply native ad units in some of the world’s most popular mobile messaging applications. At Swyft, Wray has pioneered the idea of delivering native branded content, such as branded emoji, directly to consumers, in their favorite messaging applications. He and his cofounder grew Swyft from a dorm room idea into a global technology company with 60+ employees across 3 continents. With Swyft, Wray negotiated major licensing and advertising deals with brands such as Disney, Dreamworks, Fox Entertainment, MillerCoors, Sony and many more.
Swyft was acquired by Monotype Imaging (NASDAQ: TYPE) in February, 2015 where Wray and his cofounder currently run Swyft as a subsidiary of Monotype.
In 2017, Wray was selected to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in the Media and Advertising category. This recognition is given to the most influential 30 people under the age of 30 in their respective industries.
In 2015 he became a member of the Emerging Young Entrepreneurship Society, an international society of 140 entrepreneurs, across 4 continents, under the age of 35. Wray is an active member of the community, including helping to establish the first chapter in the United States.
Wray frequently speaks at technology industry events on mobile trends and the future of innovation in the space, and is regarded as an industry expert on messaging applications and brand experiences. In addition to this, he is an active mentor to young entrepreneurs as they start or scale their ventures.
While at the University of Notre Dame, Evan walked on to the Varsity Football team as an outside linebacker and competed in the Bengal Bouts boxing tournament. Wray graduated with with a B.A. in Economics in 2012 and is actively involved in the Notre Dame community through the Irish Entrepreneur Network and a judge for the McCluskey Business Plan Competition.
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Wray has been incredibly fortunate to have several exceptional mentors throughout his life. Without these individuals' influence, he would not have become the person he is today. Each one of these mentors had a similar positive influence and guidance in their lives and careers. Wray enjoys being able to give back advice to aspiring entrepreneurs (and share many mistakes that have been made!). He hopes that he can provide some guidance and clarity to others, as his mentors have, and continue to provide, to him throughout his personal and professional life.
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