Born from the global movement spawned by author Eric Ries’ books, Lean Startup Co. is a central hub for learning advanced management practices that transform culture, drive long-term growth, and connect you with innovation experts.

By making entrepreneurship a core function of every organization, we can solve some of the world’s biggest problems. We teach organizations everywhere — regardless of size, sector or age — how to innovate in a fast-changing world and build products that matter. We do this by offering live events, an education program, and a library of online media resources.

Founders

Eric Ries
Eric Ries
Co-Founder & Author

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup: How Todays Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business.

Heather McGough
Heather McGough
CEO & Co-Founder

Heather McGough is CEO and Co-Founder of Lean Startup Company. She aims to transform the way people think and work in the 21st century by empowering the community with modern management education specifically designed for a fast-moving world. The first seven years of her career were spent in the nonprofit sector which still influences much of her work today.

Team

Andy Archer
Andy Archer
Account Manager

Andy Archer is an Account Manager for Lean Startup Co.'s Education Program. With a background in entrepreneurship, project management and account management, he works with clients to ensure their training, coaching and consulting engagements with Lean Startup Co. are a success.

Anita Law
Anita Law
Business Development Manager

Anita Law is Lean Startup Co.'s Business Development Manager and brings years of sales experience from Asia to San Francisco. She is immersed in discovering new companies who can benefit from sponsoring Lean Startup Week, so that she can help fund her Salsa dancing addiction.

Ann Mei Chang
Ann Mei Chang
Executive Director of Lean Impact

Ann Mei Chang served as the Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID.

Benjamin Brown
Benjamin Brown
Digital Marketer

Ben's marketing, strategy and analytics background spans from early growth startups to Fortune 500 companies. Working with global brands across nearly 60 countries, Ben has applied Lean Startup Methodology to take digital, social media, public relations and content marketing campaigns to the next level.

CJ Legare
CJ Legare
Chief of Staff & Faculty Wrangler

CJ brings with her to the Lean Startup Co. team a background in experiential marketing, and film/TV production. She supports the Labs team logistically with events, and special projects.

Felicia Chanco
Felicia Chanco
Production Manager

Felicia Chanco's first exposure to Lean Startup Co. was when she volunteered at the conference in 2014. Since then, she has joined the team as Lean Startup Week's Editorial Program Coordinator and Webcast Production Manager.

Heather Wilson, CMP
Heather Wilson, CMP
Executive Producer

With seventeen years experiential marketing, event, brand and agency experience, Heather previously directed multi-channel event marketing programs in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and Europe. She has significant experience with the implementation of social/digital strategy and interpretation of social analytics as well as event and program management roles in the government, healthcare and wireless industries.

Leeann Trang
Leeann Trang
Business Operations Consultant

With over a decade of experience advising executive teams and streamlining business operations, Leeann leads business optimization efforts for the Lean Startup Co. Labs Education team.

Marilyn Gorman
Marilyn Gorman
Faculty Lead

Marilyn Gorman is a highly experienced learning professional, facilitator and executive coach. Using Lean Startup and change-management practices, she has been able to deliver key cultural outcomes, helping business leaders around the world build credibility and confidence through challenging and application-rich training solutions focused on delivering business impact.

Monte Warren
Monte Warren
Account & Client Engagement Manager

Monte Warren is the Account & Client Engagement Manager for Lean Startup Co. Labs. He provides continuous client support for the corporate education program, helping to ensure successful training, coaching and consulting engagements.

Sinéad Clarkin
Sinéad Clarkin
Senior Strategist

Sinéad brings to Lean Startup Co. over 17 years of international and cross-functional experience in the Financial Services, Industrial and Digital sectors.

Stacy Conlon
Stacy Conlon
Director of Business Development

Stacy Conlon is the Director of Business Development for Lean Startup Company’s Education Program. With more than 15 years experience in sales and marketing, Stacy helps large, complex organizations around the world get the tools and support they need to build products and services faster, minimize risk and create a framework for innovation.

Faculty

Marilyn Gorman
Marilyn Gorman
Faculty Lead

Marilyn Gorman is a highly experienced learning professional, facilitator and executive coach. Using Lean Startup and change-management practices, she has been able to deliver key cultural outcomes, helping business leaders around the world build credibility and confidence through challenging and application-rich training solutions focused on delivering business impact.

Adam Berk
Adam Berk
Faculty

A lean entrepreneur, lean teacher, and serial entrepreneur who helps large organizations implement innovation at scale.

Dan Olsen
Dan Olsen
Faculty

Author of The Lean Product Playbook, passionate about product management and helping companies adopt Lean Startup principles.

Elliot Susel
Elliot Susel
Faculty

A startup and innovation veteran, and Agile Evangelist with a passion for transforming tech companies.

Hisham Ibrahim
Hisham Ibrahim
Faculty

A product leader who seamlessly weaves together design thinking, jobs-to-be-done and Lean Startup practices.

Hugh Molotsi
Hugh Molotsi
Faculty

Hugh Molotsi advises and invests in startups and is an active practitioner and teacher of Lean Startup Methodologies.

Jonathan Bertfield
Jonathan Bertfield
Faculty

Spent two decades as a product manager and strategist for large companies and startups.

Rachel Weston-Rowell
Rachel Weston-Rowell
Faculty

An expert facilitator and creator of spaces where people can work together and drive action.

Advisors

Cindy Alvarez
Cindy Alvarez
Microsoft

Cindy Alvarez is the author of Lean Customer Development: Building Products Your Customers Will Buy and Director of User Experience for Yammer (a Microsoft company).

Dan Martell
Dan Martell
Clarity

Dan Martell is the co-founder of Clarity a marketplace that connects entrepreneurs to get great business advice.

Hiten Shah
Hiten Shah
Quick Sprout

Hiten Shah started three SaaS companies, Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics and Quick Sprout. Two are self-funded & the other is venture backed. Hiten enjoys helping others think.

Laura Klein
Laura Klein
Users Know

Laura fell in love with technology when she saw her first user research session in 1995. Since then, she's worked as an engineer, UX designer, and product manager at both startups and large companies in Silicon Valley.

Manuel Rosso
Manuel Rosso
SevenR Services

Manuel Rosso has been practicing Lean Startup principles since 2006 when he worked with Eric Ries and the rest of the IMVU team as VP of Product and Marketing.

Robert Fan
Robert Fan
Sharethrough

Rob Fan is the co-founder and CTO of Sharethrough. An early adopter of Lean Startup principles, having learned them directly from Eric Ries & Steve Blank, Rob has been using these principles to grow Sharethrough into a global organization.

Zach Nies
Zach Nies
Techstars

Zach Nies is Managing Director at Techstars for the Boulder program and a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder.