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Alumni Spotlight


Carl Ryden

Entrepreneur and alumnus Carl Ryden ’89 co-founded banking artificial intelligence software company Precision Lender in North Carolina in 2009.

The company has created more than 150 high-paying jobs in Cary and in Charlotte. Carl and his wife, Ashley, gave $2 million to NCSSM Foundation to launch the nation’s first high-school artificial intelligence program at NCSSM, a program poised to inspire students to go on to create dozens more startups in the state.

Carl Ryden ’89, Precision Lender

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In 2014, Raleigh-based Jonathan Hayes ’03 founded RewardStock, a company that used computer algorithms to help travelers more easily utilize reward programs through the strategic use of credit cards. In 2018 Hayes garnered significant funding for his business as a participant on Shark Tank, a popular reality show on ABC. Two years later, the business was acquired by multinational consumer credit reporting company Experian.

Jonathan Hayes ’03, RewardStock

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Shraddha RATHOD


To help build sustainable food communities, Shraddha Rathod ’14 co-founded Freshspire while still a student at NCSSM. The company connects stores, restaurants, vendors, and farmers through a data-driven online wholesale marketplace that enables them to quickly sell, donate, or buy local or surplus inventory.


Shraddha Rathod ’14, Freshspire
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