By Chris Taylor


Not all founders of tech companies have been coding since they could clutch a sippy-cup.

Ryan Holmes, the 42-year-old founder and CEO of the social-media management platform Hootsuite, had an off-the-grid upbringing that saw him tending to animals instead of web pages.

For the latest in Reuters’ “Life Lessons” series, Holmes spoke with Reuters about how he transitioned from farm boy to running a company that is said to be at or near “unicorn”-level valuation of more than $1 billion.

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