Ric Elias

Ric Elias

Co-Founder & CEO

Ric Elias is CEO and co-founder of Red Ventures, a portfolio of digital companies headquartered in Charlotte, NC. In 2009, Elias survived Flight 1549, the "Miracle on the Hudson,” which led to his viral TED Talk, "3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed." In 2011, Ric was named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Ric has founded several social impact initiatives including Road to Hire, a 501(c)(3) that connects young adults with on-ramps to professional development and high-earning careers. A native of Puerto Rico, Ric attended Boston College and Harvard Business School.

Posts by Ric Elias

3 Things: The Purpose of Business Read More

3 Things: The Purpose of Business

Simon Sinek is an optimist, a New York Times bestselling author, and the speaker behind the third-most-watched TEDTalk of all time. Hear his take on the purpose of business, the value of trust in leadership, and much more.

2020-2021 DEI Annual Progress Report Read More

2020-2021 DEI Annual Progress Report

"The reality is that DE&I is our business. It is woven into the fabric of who we are. It deeply impacts every employee, customer, partner and community." - 2 minute read

3 Things: Think Again Read More

3 Things: Think Again

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and best-selling author, and his new book - "Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know" - helps readers train themselves to approach life with an open mind.

3 Things: Rewiring Our Brains For Positivity Read More

3 Things: Rewiring Our Brains For Positivity

How is it possible to find happiness and positivity during one of the most uncertain, and devastating, years in recent history?

A Journey of 1000 Miles Read More

A Journey of 1000 Miles

This week was a reminder that tackling any systemic injustice will take years, decades or lifetimes – but it has to start somewhere. - 2 minute read

3 Things: My Friend Roberto Read More

3 Things: My Friend Roberto

One of my dearest friends, Roberto Lazcano, is currently serving his 24th year in prison. I am honored to share his story (and the story of how we met), because I believe humanity is about seeing the best in other people - not judging them for the worst mistake they ever made.

3 Things: How To Do Things That Can’t Be Done Read More

3 Things: How To Do Things That Can’t Be Done

Entrepreneur Mick Ebeling is the founder of Not Impossible Labs - an award-winning tech incubator dedicated to changing the world through technology and story.

Longevity & The Future of Medicine (Dr. Peter Attia) Read More

Longevity & The Future of Medicine (Dr. Peter Attia)

In Part 2 of Ric's conversation with Dr. Peter Attia, hear predictions about we could cure diabetes and cancer in the next 10 years, ultra endurance, and parenting. - 1 minute read

3 Things: How To Live A Longer And Happier Life Read More

3 Things: How To Live A Longer And Happier Life

The science behind sleep, nutrition, and exercise with Dr Peter Attia who specializes in longevity; and a lifetime of stories from my dear friend Marshall Rauch, who is 96 years old.

Sleep, Exercise & Nutrition (Dr. Peter Attia) Read More

Sleep, Exercise & Nutrition (Dr. Peter Attia)

What’s the one thing you can start doing now to help prevent dementia? How do you get better, more restful sleep? What are the core elements of a balanced nutrition? - 1 minute read

Leading the Pack (Abby Wambach) Read More

Leading the Pack (Abby Wambach)

Abby Wambach is a soccer legend. She’s won two FIFA World Cups, two Olympic gold medals, and she currently holds the world record for all-time international goals scored - among men and women.