After his sophomore year at Princeton, Ryan spent a summer in Uganda teaching the SAT to three gifted Ugandan students. These students were smarter than many of Ryan’s Princeton peers, yet there was a good chance they would not get to go to university at all (and would instead spend their lives doing manual work in the informal economy). Ryan returned to Princeton, wrote his senior thesis on this topic, and then moved back to Uganda after graduation. He spent the next three years manually connecting African students to good-fit college and scholarship opportunities. After seeing a scalable way to do this work, he founded Meto in 2018.