Lean Startup Company, founded by Eric Ries, Heather McGough and Melissa Moore, helps entrepreneurs and innovators build better products using the Lean Startup methodology and modern management techniques. We share educational ideas, stories, and lessons year-round with individuals and companies of all sizes and sectors.
Join us in person for our flagship event in San Francisco, our smaller conferences in New York and London, or our corporate training program. Or connect with us online through our original webcasts, podcasts, and blog.
Whether you’re building a high-growth tech startup or a piece of hardware, working in a non-profit or at a large, bureaucratic institution, adopting the Lean Startup methodology opens the door for continuous innovation and sustainable growth.
Heather McGough is Co-Founder of Lean Startup Company. She oversees new products in modern management education to support the needs of entrepreneurs and corporate innovators. Her team helps companies and government agencies leverage the Lean Startup method to manage uncertainty and disruption in a fast-moving world, empowering them to overcome challenges in building new products and companies.
Melissa Moore is co-founder of Lean Startup Co. and heads up the events and media division. She is responsible for strategy and revenue, and oversees the conference production teams.
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.
Andy Archer is the Account Manager for Lean Startup Co.'s Training Programs. With a background in entrepreneurship, project management and account management, he works with clients to ensure their training engagements with Lean Startup Co. are a success.
Director of Events
Niley Barros is an event producer and marketing advocate for tech conferences, currently working with the Lean Startup Week team.
Sarah Bovagnet is the marketing manager for Lean Startup Co.'s flagship conference, Lean Startup Week. She's responsible for the conference's marketing strategy and community development.
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.
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.
Kirsten Cluthe is editorial director for Lean Startup Co. With an extensive background in programming, production, and talent management, she aims to bring the most interesting and relevant speakers to the Lean Startup stage, alongside world class conference experiences.
Director of Business Development
Stacy Conlon is the Director of Business Development for Lean Startup Company's Training & Coaching 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.
Phil Dillard is a member of the Lean Startup Co. training faculty. He has experience as an entrepreneur, executive and educator with expertise in finance and strategy.
Senior Faculty Trainer
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.
Taylor Hallcox is a new intern with Lean Startup Co. currently studying Business Administration in college. She is working to help advance the company's knowledge of customer development in the targeted areas.
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.
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.
Editor-in-chief & Program Chair
Jennifer Maerz is the editor-in-chief and program chair at Lean Startup Co. She's a digital media strategy consultant, freelance writer, and former editor-in-chief at The Bold Italic, a product of Gannett's innovation department. You can find out more about her work at jennifermaerz.org.
Ritika Puri is Lean Startup Co.'s resident storyteller and content specialist. With direct experience as a startup entrepreneur and corporate intrapreneur who practices Lean Startup methodologies, she is passionate about helping companies take risks, learn continuously, and get closer to their customers.
Business Development Manager
Macy Yapkianwee is a Business Development Manager for Lean Startup Co.'s flagship conference, Lean Startup Week. She loves meeting new people and being immersed in the Lean Startup culture. If you're looking to partner and learn more about the conference, you can contact Macy at: [email protected]
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).
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.
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.
Dan Martell is the co-founder of Clarity a marketplace that connects entrepreneurs to get great business advice.
Hugh Molotsi advises and invests in startups and is an active practitioner and teacher of Lean Startup Methodologies.
Zach Nies is Managing Director at Techstars for the Boulder program and a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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.
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.