databahn leadership

Ryan Murray, CEO & GM

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Ryan’s early career after graduation from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH includes sales positions at top technology companies such as Siemens, Genuity, and Availant where he demonstrated his selling skills as a top performer, negotiator and closer.

The lessons he learned drove him to start a business designed to enable enterprise sales reps to increase deal sizes, close more deals and shorten sales cycles. In 2001, he started SalesQuest at age 28 with nothing more than some creative ideas and a few hundred dollars.

Key to the initial success of this lean startup was the ability to attract Fortune 500 companies including Adobe, Microsoft, and EMC while keeping costs low and customer needs high.

Ryan changed the way these companies approached strategic account planning, sales prospecting and selling into Fortune 1000 companies with the introduction of CRUSH Reports in 2005. By listening to what sales organizations needed to streamline their sales processes, CRUSH Reports were a run-away success. The resulting demand rocketed SalesQuest to #255 on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in 2008.

With customer acquisition, revenues, profits and renewals continuing to grow in the down economy, Ryan and his team launched new offerings including CRUSH Report Alerts, CRUSH Report Target Builder, CRUSH Report mobile, ConnectCRUSH for, CRUSH Report Executive Profiles, CRUSH Industry Reports, and the CRUSH Report M3 Database.

In January of 2014, Ryan led the acquisition of SalesQuest and CRUSH Reports by OneSource/Avention, now Dun & Bradstreet. He transitioned all things CRUSH Reports to the OneSource/Avention team while developing plans to expand CRUSH Reports internationally, expand into new vertical markets and re-launch a new CRUSH Reports e-commerce site.

In January of 2015, Ryan launched databahn, a company focused on tracking companies and their technology innovations in the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP). databahn now tracks and reports on 30+ sales trigger events from 1.5 Million companies. The companies databahn track range from disruptive startups to the Fortune 1000s and Global 2000s.