Lil Wayne helps Cadre CEO and cofounder Ryan Williams get ready for big presentations

The startup founder shares his tips and tools for getting the most out of every day.

Lil Wayne helps Cadre CEO and cofounder Ryan Williams get ready for big presentations
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Ryan Williams is a serial entrepreneur, Harvard graduate, Goldman Sachs and Blackstone alum, and the CEO and cofounder of Cadre, a rapidly growing real-estate startup shaking up the old-school business. Between meetings with the titans of the commercial real estate industry, Baton Rouge-born Williams keeps up with his hometown teams, namely Louisiana State University (LSU) football.


Here, the founder reveals his tips and tools for getting the most out of every day.

What do you do with the time when you have . . . 

A free five minutes? If I have five free minutes, I’m probably checking or LSU football recruiting rankings. I’m from Louisiana and I’m a die-hard LSU Tigers fan.

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A free hour? My apartment is a quick walk from the office, so with a free hour, I’ll sometimes duck out of the office to get a 30-minute bike ride in on my Peloton.


A whole free day? On a rare quiet day, I’ll make sure to call my parents, grandparents, and brothers to check in on them. I’ll also use some of that time to step away from the day-to-day of running Cadre and thinking about the big picture. I ask myself what challenges and opportunities I haven’t had enough time to focus on. And I prepare for whatever I know is coming next. I love the quote, “When under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you fall to your level of training.” On a free day, I will definitely aim to spend time with my girlfriend, who is busy in her own right building a career in the finance world.

What’s your favorite thing to eat when . . . 

You need a quick burst of energy? Naturebox Pistachio Power Clusters. They always do the trick and they’re healthy.


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When you need a quick takeout lunch? Sweetgreen and Chipotle are pretty heavy in my lunch rotation.

When you have plenty of time to go out and eat? There is a restaurant called The Boil on the Lower East Side. It has great Cajun/Creole food, and being there always reminds me of home.

What’s your necessary vice?


I’m a science nerd. Right now my favorite show is The Inexplicable Universe on Netflix.

What song do you listen to . . . 

When you’re waking up? Big K.R.I.T., “Bury Me in Gold
When you’re driving? J. Cole, “The Cut Off
When you’re working out? T.I., “Big Things Poppin
When you’re hard at work on a big project? Jay Z, “Legacy
To get psyched for a presentation? Lil Wayne, “Mr. Carter
To mellow out at the end of the day? Tribe Called Quest, “Electric Relaxation

About the author

Melissa Locker is a writer and world renowned fish telepathist.