Eric is the founder and CEO of LTSE. He created the Lean Startup methodology and wrote the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Ries founded IMVU and served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, IDEO, and Pivotal. He was named by Fortune to its 2018 "40 Under 40" ranking of the most influential young people in business.
Michelle brings legal, policy, and operational expertise to her role as Chief Policy Officer. Her experience includes serving in senior roles at the New York Stock Exchange and the US Department of the Treasury, as a consultant with McKinsey & Co., Inc. and as a securities lawyer. She teaches at Columbia University and has served on numerous non-profit boards and as a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Michelle is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.
Martin has over 20 years of experience structuring and originating bookrun equity and equity-linked transactions with a total deal value in excess of $50 billion. Prior to the LTSE he ran technology equity capital markets and equity-linked origination at Piper Jaffray and served as a VP in Morgan Stanley's global capital markets group. Martin received his bachelor's degree in business administration in management and finance from the University of San Francisco and a J.D. with an emphasis in securities law from Tulane Law School.
Before joining LTSE, Steve served as Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department. Prior to his service at State, Steve held roles as SVP of BP Global Solutions, Chief Communications Officer for TIAA, and VP and Head of Corporate Communications for Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal. During the administration of President George H.W. Bush, Steve served as an Assistant to the Secretary and the Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Holly brings a diverse set of financial, operational, and transactional expertise to her role. She manages internal operations, investor relations, and various strategic initiatives. Prior to the LTSE, she supported Raul Fernandez on running, growing, and investing in businesses ranging from sports to fashion to tech. She has a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Marcus leads the product team at the LTSE. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Marcus spent time as a design consultant at IDEO San Francisco and in 2004, co-founded IMVU.com with Eric Ries. In 2010, he left IMVU to head User Experience at Rypple.com - acquired by Salesforce in 2011. Before joining the LTSE Marcus led design at Highway1, a leading SF based hardware startup accelerator.
Tiho is a serial product builder and is passionate about tools that help people work smarter. Prior to LTSE, Tiho served as the CTO at Nitro, a smart document productivity company. In 2008, Tiho was a founding engineer at Rypple, a social performance management platform later acquired by Salesforce. He earned his Hon B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Toronto.
At LTSE, Lydia works on projects ranging from research and policy to exchange operations. Lydia began her career as a business analyst at the NYSE, where she worked on NYSE's electronic block trading platform and in sales and relationship management before helping to develop and grow the corporate responsibility team. Lydia has a BA in Economics from Columbia University.
Hyon's experience ranges from writing the first lines of code to building engineering teams. Hyon strongly believes that great engineering culture stems from mutual respect, continuous constructive feedback, and diversity. His most recent startup, Peer, was acquired by Twitter in 2016. Hyon holds Bachelors and Masters degree in Comp Science from MIT.
Beth has written code for everything from networking for real-time video understanding systems at BAE Systems to a serverless donation page platform for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. She is a proponent of collective code ownership, automated testing, user experience design, and inclusive culture. She has a BA in Theater from Smith College.
Carolyn comes to LTSE's policy team from the White House Office of Management and Budget where she served as the Deputy Associate Director of Legislative Affairs. Carolyn has also worked in management consulting and has spent time on Capitol Hill and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She received her Bachelors degree in Political Science from Syracuse University.
Pavitra has both founding team and public company experience. He comes to the LTSE with experience in building cloud platforms and scaling infrastructure operations. Previously, he's implemented SLAM to build fully autonomous indoor flying robots for reconnaissance. He received his Masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Ray brings his broad experience in business, engineering and design to LTSE. He started his career in Sales and Trading at Merrill Lynch. He has helped grow teams, customer satisfaction and revenue at 10-person startups and Fortune 50 firms. Prior to LTSE, Ray headed the human interface teams at Yewno to build a search engine backed by artificial intelligence.
Leslie comes to LTSE from Hackbright Academy, where she taught full stack software development. While teaching coding fundamentals, she also provided guidance to students on scoping and building their individual web applications. Leslie believes that a diverse, inclusive staff leads to a more productive culture and to better products.
Mirna has over five years of Software Development experience working on large projects in the areas of healthcare and telecommunications. She likes learning, helping others and being part of the solution. By excelling in her role she aims to have a positive impact on society and to inspire other women. She holds a BS degree in Information Systems from UNAPEC.
Teagan brings operational, administrative and customer service experience to LTSE. After completing the College Program and a Professional Internship at the Walt Disney World Corporation in Orlando, FL, she garnered experiences at M PAUL General Contractors, Cowen & Company and most recently Roivant Sciences. Teagan received a BA in History from the University of Missouri.
Tsehaynesh (Tsehay) brings experience in strategic management, international relations, and policy and advocacy. During her career, she has developed and led programs in the U.S. and internationally with start-ups, non-governmental organizations, and government, including serving in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development. She studied at Cornell University and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.