Born from the global movement spawned by author Eric Ries’s 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

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
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.

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.

CJ Legare
CJ Legare
Events & Media 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marilyn Gorman
Marilyn Gorman
Senior Faculty

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hugh Molotsi
Hugh Molotsi

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

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.