About

Lean Startup Company, founded by Eric Ries, Heather McGough and Melissa Moore, is the official place for entrepreneurs and corporate innovators seeking ways of working that support continuous innovation and sustainable growth through Lean Startup methodology.

Lean Startup Co. produces educational webcasts and podcasts, original content, the flagship conference in San Francisco, our inaugural traveling Lean Startup Labs Series, and a Training Program. Our resources support those who are new to Lean Startup, seasoned practitioners who want a deeper dive, and companies trying to incorporate it at scale.

Whether you’re building a high-growth tech startup, a mobile app, a piece of hardware, working in a non-profit, or large bureaucratic organization, adopting Lean Startup methodology can help you overcome obstacles and set up systems. You’ll learn how to structure teams and ways of working to scale successfully and operate in conditions of extreme uncertainty.

Founders

  • Eric Ries

    Eric Ries

    Co-Founder

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

    Heather McGough

    Co-founder

    Heather McGough is co-founder of Lean Startup Co. For five years, she has been providing education, tools, and partnerships to entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, empowering them to overcome challenges in building new companies and products.
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  • Melissa Z. Moore

    Melissa Z. Moore

    Co-Founder

    Melissa Moore is co-founder of Lean Startup Co. and Executive Producer of Lean Startup Week, the company's flagship conference. As the executive producer, Melissa is responsible for strategy and revenue, and oversees the editorial, marketing, sales, and production teams.
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Team

  • Jeanette DePatie

    Jeanette DePatie

    Speaker Coordinator

    For over two decades Jeanette DePatie has served as a pioneer in marketing, interactive technology and content development; combining three different yet uniquely complimentary skill sets.
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  • Kirsten Cluthe

    Kirsten Cluthe

    Editorial Director

    Kirsten Cluthe is editorial director for the 2015 Lean Startup conference. 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.
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  • Maria Vargas

    Maria Vargas

    University Outreach Intern

    Maria has been involved in various entrepreneurship education and leadership events such as the “Mind Your Own Business” program that Maria co-founded in 2012 and has been running for three years, as well as “Together” which she recently founded and hosted a youth leadership conference in Haiti this past June.
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  • Monica Badgley

    Monica Badgley

    Event Coordinator

    Monica Badgley is Event Coordinator for the 2015 Lean Startup Conference. She is a detail oriented event operations specialist experienced in the fast-paced and high stressed environments of the hospitality and events industry.
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  • Phil Dillard

    Phil Dillard

    Training Program Development Manager

    Phil Dillard is an entrepreneur, executive and educator with expertise in finance and strategy.
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  • Ritika Puri

    Ritika Puri

    Content Marketing Lead

    Ritika is LSCo’s resident storyteller and content marketer. 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.
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  • Stacy Conlon

    Stacy Conlon

    Business Development Manager

    Stacy Conlon is the Business Development Manager for Training Programs and Labs Summit Series for Lean Startup Company.
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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).
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  • Dan Martell

    Dan Martell

    Clarity

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

    Hiten Shah

    Quick Sprout

    Started three SaaS companies, Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics and Quick Sprout. Two are self-funded & the other is venture backed. I enjoy helping others think.
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  • Hugh Molotsi

    Hugh Molotsi

    I advise and invest in startups and I am an active practitioner and teacher of Lean Startup Methodologies.
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  • 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.
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  • Manuel Rosso

    Manuel Rosso

    SevenR Services

    Manuel 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Faculty

  • Aneesh Chopra

    Aneesh Chopra

    Hunch Analytics

    Aneesh Chopra is the co-founder and EVP of Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” incubating ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets, including NavHealth, an open data intelligence service.
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  • 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).
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  • Diane Tavenner

    Diane Tavenner

    Summit Public Schools

    Diane Tavenner is the Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools (SPS), a leading charter management organization serving California and Washington State.
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  • 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.
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  • Mark Graban

    Mark Graban

    Constancy, Inc and KaiNexus

    Mark Graban is author of the Shingo-Award winning book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement.
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