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.

We support the community through our live events, corporate education program, and online through original webcasts, podcasts, and our 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.

Founders

Heather McGough

Heather McGough

Co-Founder

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 Z. Moore

Melissa Z. Moore

Co-Founder

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

Eric Ries

Co-Founder

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.


Team

Andy Archer

Andy Archer

Account Manager

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.

Niley Barros

Niley Barros

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

Sarah Bovagnet

Marketing Manager

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

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.

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.

Kirsten Cluthe

Kirsten Cluthe

Editorial Strategist

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.

Stacy Conlon

Stacy Conlon

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.

Marilyn Gorman

Marilyn Gorman

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

Taylor Hallcox

Intern

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.

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.

CJ Legare

CJ Legare

Event Coordinator

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.

Jennifer Maerz

Jennifer Maerz

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

Ritika Puri

Content Specialist

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.

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.

Katie Wilks

Katie Wilks

Sales Coordinator

Katie has been helping businesses succeed through sales and development for eight years, with a strong background in tourism-based economies. She joined Lean Startup Co. to support the Education team and client happiness.

Macy Yapkianwee

Macy Yapkianwee

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]


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).

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.

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.

Dan Martell

Dan Martell

Clarity

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

Hugh Molotsi

Hugh Molotsi

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

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.

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.

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.