Ryan Porter

Accomplished technology Leader and architectural innovator with a proven history of developing and operating mission-critical, high-availability systems that deliver business value. Focused on delivering exciting AI applications through serverless cloud architectures.

Anthus AI Solutions
Lead AI Solutions Architect
January 2024 - Present
Miami Beach, FL

Our team has been working together for over a decade, and we have been working on AI solutions for years now. The Anthus name is the only new thing, as we fully focus on the intersection of software solutions and artificial intelligence.

Tao Group Hospitality
Vice President of Marketing Technology
August 2021 - January 2024
New York, NY (remote from Miami Beach, FL)

Formerly with Hakkasan Group, Angel Management Group, and Venue Driver in an evolving role with the same venture.

  • Pioneering Technical Strategy: Developed and operated a critical ticketing system evolving over 14 years into a comprehensive platform encompassing reservation, guest list, and artist booking management, pivotal for business operations across various stakeholder domains.
  • Seamless Transition and Growth: Managed the system's seamless transition through corporate acquisitions, maintaining operational excellence and high availability, processing as much as $64 million in revenue per month with no major incidents.
  • DevOps and Agile Leadership: Championed a DevOps culture, promoting rapid iteration, continuous improvement, and agile methodologies, aligning closely with business needs and fostering a responsive, collaborative IT environment.
  • Longevity and Adaptation: Adapted the platform through shifting market conditions and technological paradigms, from early-stage monolithic structures to a modern serverless distributed architecture, passing AWS Well-Architected audits by multinational corporations.
Hakkasan Group
Vice President of Technology
February 2014 - August 2021
Las Vegas, NV (remote from Miami Beach, FL)

Formerly with Angel Management Group, and Venue Driver in an evolving role with the same venture.

  • Scalable System Leadership: Continued advancement of a high-revenue ticketing system, emphasizing scalable, fault-tolerant infrastructure on AWS, embodying the Well-Architected Framework principles.
  • Data Integration Initiative: Initiated and delivered a successful enterprise data warehouse project, integrating diverse data systems to support analytics, Salesforce CRM, Marketo and Salesforce Marketing Cloud for marketing operations.
Angel Management Group
Executive Director of Technology
October 2013 - February 2014
Las Vegas, NV (remote from Miami Beach, FL)

Formerly with Venue Driver in an evolving role with the same venture.

  • Strategic Technology Expansion: Continuation and expansion of existing role after Angel Management Group acquired Venue Driver.
Venue Driver
2007 - October 2013
Miami Beach, FL

Startup Technology Foundation: Built and managed all technology infrastructure for a hospitality-focused technology startup, evolving the company into a major event ticketing provider processing substantial monthly revenue.

  • Leadership and Technical Training: Directed all aspects of technology including software development, web operations, technical hiring, and training programs, laying the foundation for eventual acquisition and growth.
CoolJunkie, LLC
2002 - 2005
Miami Beach, FL

Entered into a joint venture with Nick McCabe to develop a nightlife production and media company in Miami Beach, FL. The successful CoolJunkie.com website with its interactive forums was a pillar of the Miami Beach nightlife scene for years in the days before social media. The company also produced events like the BBC Radio One Miami party during the Winter Music Conference, and events from artists like Pete Tong, Cedric Gervais and many others.

Endymion Corporation
1997 - Present
Miami Beach, FL

Started a small software product company after graduating, based around a web mail application that was popular in the early days of the web, in the days of WebTV and AOL. Developed, licensed and supported a PERL-based web mail application that was used by thousands of users, and a Java-based enterprise web mail product.

University of Florida
BS, Computer Science
1992 - 1997

Worked as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Gerhard X. Ritter and Dr. Mark S. Schmalz helping with their innovative work on computer vision using the Image Algebra framework. With funding from the US Department of Defense. One project's goal was the automated detection of land mines using multi-spectral imagery. An early predecessor of today's visual segmentation models. The project was incredibly successful despite relying on 2D convolution algorithms, without the benefit of modern visual AI models. My main job was C++ development.

A related computer vision project aimed at detecting water mines by removing distortion in images from the surface of the ocean.

Also worked on other research projects, including work by Dr. Panos Livadas on automated code analysis and refactoring tools that foreshadowed LLM-based coding tools like GitHub Copilot.

Also worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for a class based on the classic Lisp textbook, The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs.


  • Vault


    July 01, 2014

    Cloud-based enterprise data warehouse (EDW) from a time when that was an unusual way to do it. Vault powered integrations with Marketo, Salesforce, Salesforce Marketing Cloud, and many others, for a decade.

  • Venue Driver

    Venue Driver

    September 15, 2007

    Nightclub management system that started in Las Vegas for reservations and guest lists that endured in various forms for 16 years. A successful cloud transformation onto AWS, and then a transition to serverless computing.

  • ticketing data analysis

    December 31, 2023

    A serverless data lake for providing reporting that Tao Group Hospitality requires for operating ticket sales in the complex Las Vegas market, where they have reporting obligations to resort partners, auditors, and regulators from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

  • Ticket Driver

    October 01, 2023

    Serverless upgrade for the legacy Venue Driver system that eliminated servers that required 24/7 attention and introduced a modern React app with a serverless GraphQL backend.

  • Ticket Driver Copilot

    July 04, 2023

    An AI agent capable of displaying live charts of CloudWatch metrics from the Ticket Driver event ticketing system, with the ability to report on the system's performance. Used internally to monitor and manage the system. Proactively notifies us in a Slack channel when there are CloudWatch alerts from the system.

  • Store Driver

    November 01, 2022

    Serverless Angular app replacement for Venue Driver's legacy event ticket store, which previously ran on a Ruby on Rails app running on live servers that generated HTML on the fly.

  • Menu Driver

    July 04, 2021

    An emergency project aimed at elevating web restaurant menus to a high-availability service during the post-pandemic reopening phase, when touchless QR code menus became a mission-critical requirement for large restaurant groups. One of our first AI solutions.

  • Checkout Driver

    April 30, 2021

    Serverless upgrade for the mission-critical event ticket store checkout, making a transition from a traditional payment gateway to a tokenized system that eliminated all processing and storage of customer credit card information.


  • Paytronix

    March 15, 2022

    Delivered a certified integration between Tao Group Hospitality's event ticket store with Paytronix to support new Tao Rewards loyalty program. Paytronix also certified another integration for gift card features for the Tao Group Rewards iOS and Andriod apps.

  • Salesforce Marketing Cloud

    October 17, 2018

    Moved Hakkasan Group marketing automation from Marketo to Salesforce in an attempt at deeper integration. Honestly, it sucked. We should have stayed with Marketo.

  • Salesforce

    April 30, 2018

    Integrated Hakkasan Group's enterprise data warehouse and reservation management system with Salesforce, for managing the sales process for booking VIP table reservations at iconic nightclubs in Las Vegas and around the world.

  • Marketo

    July 08, 2014

    Created an enterprise data warehouse for Hakkasan Group for the specific purpose of integrating with Marketo for marketing automation, to implement customer journeys we had spent years designing.