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Ryan McMunn
Ryan McMunn is Founder and CEO of BRIC Language Systems, an innovative business-centric language acquisition program utilized by top multinational corporations around the globe. As the former President of Asian Operations at a leading U.S. manufacturing firm, McMunn has long understood the important business implications of speaking a second language in our increasingly globalized economy.

While working in Shanghai, Ryan attempted numerous classes, private tutor sessions and online courses in effort to learn Mandarin Chinese, only to exhaust virtually every language-learning vertical available. He eventually found success with an instructor that utilized a unique teaching method specific to Mandarin Chinese. Recognizing that the use of language-specific learning techniques is essential to grasping any new language, McMunn, with Kassey Wong, founded BRIC Language Systems in 2010.

Ryan travels the world enlightening eager business graduates preparing to enter today’s job force. He focuses on the world’s most emerging economies such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and Spain as he facilitates networking opportunities for young professionals.

“Without the proper language skills, performing quality control and partaking in social and environmental aspects of my job were difficult at best. I never would have been promoted beyond my entry-level position in China had I not learned the native language and culture of those I worked with,” stated McMunn, who was only 29 when he became GM of China Operations.

In honor of his notable entrepreneurial accomplishments and innovative leadership, The Ryan McMunn International Business Scholarship was introduced at the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2010. His program was recently noted in the New York Post as BRIC Language Systems has quickly become a key resource for universities and recruiting agencies alike.

Entries by Ryan McMunn

Three Reasons to Immerse Yourself in Language and Culture in 2016

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Looking for New Year's resolutions that will improve your quality of life in 2016? Learn a language and immerse yourself in a foreign culture. In addition to massive monetary returns and expanded career options the personal rewards you reap are immeasurable. As we look towards the Holidays and head into...

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Rumor, Manipulation and Change: China's Entrepreneurs Correctly Predicted the Great Fall of China

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 2:06 PM

In my last piece for I was in Shanghai, writing on the growing pessimism amongst the business community in China. I had interviewed five entrepreneurs asking their opinion on the Chinese economy. In the wake of the devaluation of the Renminbi (RMB), the continuing slide of the...

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3 Requirements Any Business Should Have for Their Foreign Language Training Provider

(7) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 12:20 AM

My interview on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland will be soon so I will be taking a departure from the series that started with "6 Tips From a Global Entrepreneur on Building an International Startup." The times and dates of the airing can be found here. The subject...

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Failing My Way to Success in Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 1:53 PM

My last piece was the beginning of a series on the difficulties inherent in starting up an international business. Building anything out of nothing is difficult, doing so on the international stage is just that much harder. In order to succeed in foreign countries a startup needs to...

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6 Tips From a Global Entrepreneur on Building a Multinational Startup

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:40 PM

All startups are hard. At the Ivy Oasis How to Build a Strong Start-Up event at Columbia University several speakers made this clear. Despite the sex appeal many attach to being the founder of a tech startup, the reality is that it's stressful and exhausting. I spoke at two International...

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Chinese Mistranslations of US Movie Titles Show Why Translation Matters

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 10:06 AM

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Admit You're Dumb: Five Things I Learned from Columbia University

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 11:10 AM

I'm an entrepreneur, currently flying over the North Atlantic on my way Shanghai, but I'm dumb. Last month I spoke at Columbia University during the Ivy Oasis "How to Build a Strong Startup" event. Here is what I said and learned:

1. Courage: Entrepreneurs have it. The things we...

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Keeping NYC Hot During Snowmageddon

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:58 PM

Buick being Buick... Just being awesome on Hainan Island while we all suffer with a snowstorm that never happened. Since everyone is bored, we decided to show you how awesome Buick's life is.

You might say he's on "cloud" nine!

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9 Reasons to Learn a Language in 2015

(4) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 7:16 PM

Lose weight, drink less, give more, stop smoking, save money...these are all common New Years resolutions. These resolutions are typically adhered to for a few weeks and then we let old bad habits sneak back into our lives. Here are nine reasons that your New Years Resolution should be to...

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Ten Strange Things Eaten in China

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 2:37 PM

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Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Get In Over Your Hoodie

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Dear Mark,

Sorry I missed you in China.

I was officiating my business partner's wedding in ZhengZhou. I hope you enjoyed your trip. By the sounds of it, the Chinese students at Tsinghua University certainly did!

My friend Sam Hamadeh, Founder and CEO at PrivCo, was once quoted...

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Cheating the Chinese

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 11:06 AM


I'm tired of hearing Western business people in China complain that they're being cheated. The sad reality is that they're cheating themselves. Deception happens in NYC, Toronto, London, Sydney, and unfortunately Shanghai is no exception. The only difference is that in the US,...

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8 Tips For a Life In China

(9) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:05 PM

A colleague and friend recently informed me that for personal reasons he is leaving China to come back to the U.S. This is unfortunate; he has been a wonderful employee and enjoys his life in China. He asked me if I had any advice for moving back to the U.S....

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America Inc. Needs Attitude Adjustment to Reach Full Potential Abroad

(7) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:40 PM

With the US economy finally growing at a faster pace globalization has also accelerated. As international trade continues to grow, America Inc. must shed the "Ignorant American" label that plagues it. The arrogant and naïve belief among business leaders that "the rest of the world speaks English, so we don't...

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China and Mexico, Manufacturing Giants, U.S. Weak

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:45 AM

With recent calls for a return to "Made in America" and Chinese manufacturing slumping, will the U.S. realize the much talked about Manufacturing Renaissance? The short answer is NO. Not unless Americans are willing to pay $80 for an item tomorrow, that they can buy today for $19.99, or 3D...

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China Faces Uphill Battle to Surpass U.S. Economy

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:20 PM

This is the final installment of our series on why we believe it will take much longer for China to surpass the U.S. economically than most think. We will look at the demographic dividend that helped propel China's economic growth, but now threatens to derail the economic miracle.


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Beer Goggles: Why China Isn't As Great As We Thought

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 2:22 PM

I would venture to say that the answer of "China" would be few and far between had you asked people forty years ago, "What country will be the economic world leader in 2020?" However, over the past 35 years, China has achieved anomalistic economic growth, catapulting the country from an...

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China Versus U.S.A.

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:07 AM

When the news of China surpassing the U.S. as the world's largest trading nation came out in 2013, the inevitable woes of U.S. decline and Chinese economic dominance followed. Likewise, when the topic of China overtaking the United States as the world's economic leader comes up, competing views arise. Some...

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Fail Fast, Succeed Faster: 5 Keys To Success

(5) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Each morning, just after I step off the elevator and exchange my usual rehearsed pleasantries with the 17th floor receptionist, my eyes are consistently drawn to the same sticker mounted on the wall behind the front desk. This sticker, which is one of hundreds that adorn the backdrop of our...

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Talk Smart and Get Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 1:26 PM

Benjamin Franklin once famously stated, "I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong." This witty admission has significant implications in today's business-centric society and resonates with CEOs of major multinational corporations across America for one reason alone: the lack of cultural diversity. Apart from...

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