Lean Startup Co. was born from the global movement launched by Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup and The Startup Way. We pioneered and continue to lead the way in education on innovation, modern management and the Lean Startup methodology for the Government, Enterprise, and Nonprofit sectors. Our expert faculty coach your organization through implementing new practices that, when supported by accountability and strong leadership, will lead to cultural transformation.

Imagine if entrepreneurship was a core function of every organization; we could solve some of the world’s biggest problems. We teach organizations everywhere in this  fast-changing world how to innovate with customer-centric, data-driven metrics for success. We help you build products that matter, products that people want and need.

Welcome to our community and thanks for learning about what we do. We hope you’ll check out our library of online media,  join us for a live event and let us know how we can help you bring the entrepreneurial spirit to your organization.

Founders

Eric Ries
Eric Ries
Co-Founder & Author

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Startup and The Startup Way. He serves on the advisory board of several technology startups and has been named Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, named one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek and honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. Previously, he co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU. He is currently Founder & CEO of the Long-Term Stock Exchange.

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.

Chris Stephens
Chris Stephens
Head of Sales

Chris Stephens is a highly experienced sales leader and entrepreneur. As Head of Sales & Client Management, Chris oversees all client-facing operations at Lean Startup Co. His mission is to enable our Education team to deliver the transformational outcomes our clients seek.

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.

Jazmin Cornejo
Jazmin Cornejo
Partnerships Manager

Jazmin Cornejo is Partnerships Manager for the Lean Startup Conference and brings with her more than 6 years of experience in sponsorship sales and customer relationship management. She has a passion for fostering productive relationships and successful partnerships and brings a unique approach to her work, creating bespoke sponsorship packages that maximize ROI for her clients. Previously she lived and worked international in Sydney, Australia for an events company focused on supporting female entrepreneurs.

Jenna Elkins, CMP
Jenna Elkins, CMP
Head of Events

Jenna Elkins brings more than 10 years of conference planning and program development experience to Lean Startup Co.

Jenny Trang
Jenny Trang
Director of Business Development

Jenny Trang is Lean Startup Co.'s Director of Business Development and brings over a decade of experience in sales, client development, and marketing.

Leeann Trang
Leeann Trang
Head of Operations

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

Maria Vargas
Maria Vargas
Marketing and Events Associate

Maria Vargas supports Lean Startup Co. in marketing operations, project management and event logistics. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations and Innovation. Maria previously worked to support the communications strategy and business development for an Austin-based software startup. She has a passion for entrepreneurship, travel, and competitive sports.

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
Senior Client Manager

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

Rita Dillon
Rita Dillon
Senior Strategist

Rita is an experienced and innovative strategist, facilitator and coach. She has worked with large and small organizations across the globe to develop outcome-based solutions that serve as catalysts for transformational change.

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

Adam Berk
Adam Berk
Faculty

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

Ann Mei Chang
Ann Mei Chang
Faculty

Ann Mei Chang is a leading advocate for social innovation and author of LEAN IMPACT: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good (Wiley, Nov. 6, 2018).

Andi Plantenberg
Andi Plantenberg
Faculty

An innovation consultant who builds entrepreneurial capabilities in the enterprise.

Dan Olsen
Dan Olsen
Faculty

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

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.

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.

Advisors

Chris Guest
Chris Guest
Topology Eyewear

Chris is the Chief Marketing & Growth Officer at Topology Eyewear, working at the intersection of Lean, Growth, Brand Marketing and Category Design.

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.

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.