Eric Ries

Eric Ries

Formal First Name
9/22/1978 - present

Eric Ries is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long-Term Stock Exchange, ​​a national securities exchange for companies and investors with long time horizons. He is the creator of the Lean Startup, a methodology that is being practiced by individuals and companies worldwide. Over the course of his career, Ries has founded numerous startups and has consulted with new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. He currently serves on the advisory board of several technology startups.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • While an undergraduate at Yale University, Ries co-founded Catalyst Recruiting.
  • Although Catalyst folded with the dot-com crash, he continued his entrepreneurial career as a Senior Software Engineer at, where he led efforts in agile Software development and user-generated content. 
  • He later co-founded his third startup, IMVU, an online metaverse and social networking site where he served as Chief Technology Officer.
  • He was a venture advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2008 before moving on to advise startups independently. 
  • He partnered with GE to create the FastWorks program.



  • In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech.
  • In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. 
  • In 2010, he was named Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School.


  • The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs.
  • He appeared on the cover of Inc.
  • He is a bestselling author who has sold over one million copies.
  • His works have been translated into more than thirty languages.