[source: Accel] Founders have uncommon drive and ambition. At Accel, we’re fortunate to back many impressive founders who are building marquee technology companies — so we understand that much of the entrepreneurial journey is about hanging onto inspiration to overcome adversity. We recently filmed some accomplished founders sharing their unique origin story and the purpose that fuels them on their journey. We hope this perspective is useful for people on a journey of their own.

Ryan is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Qualtrics. Qualtrics is a rapidly growing software-as-a-service company and the leader in experience management. More than 8,500 enterprises worldwide, including over 75 percent of the Fortune 100 and 99 of the top 100 U.S. business schools, rely on Qualtrics. The company is headquartered in Provo, Utah.

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Accel Origins Series: Qualtrics Co-Founder & CEO Ryan Smith