Ryan Orbuch

Ryan Orbuch is a senior at Boulder High School in Boulder, Colorado. He is the Founder of Basil Ltd. as well as Co-Creator and Lead Designer of the best-selling application Finish for iPhone, which received an Apple Design Award in 2013. The award recognizes apps that raise the bar in design, technology and innovation.

Inspired by the rampant stress and procrastination during his sophomore year finals week, Ryan designed Finish as a unique and streamlined task manager. Known as "the to-do list for procrastinators," Finish prioritizes tasks based on short, mid and long-term timeframes. Finish has been covered on TechCrunchForbesCNETThe Huffington Post, and more. Additionally, Ryan has been featured nationally on Bloomberg TV and Fox News as an expert on teens and technology.

Ryan was the first high school student hired atTechstars Boulder, one of the world's top startup accelerators. Techstarsprovides to selected startups seed funding and intensive mentorship from accomplished entrepreneurs.

Ryan is also deeply passionate about education reform. Within that vast landscape, Ryan is particularly interested in designing technology and leveraging network effects to enable human behavior to hit unprecedented scale. While Finish is an initial project to understand how to influence teenage motivation via software mechanics, Ryan is actively investigating how student inspiration and motivation can be harnessed and directly enhanced in ways never before possible.


2014Valerie Grant