Ben Lerer is the co-founder & CEO of Thrillist Media Group, overseeing the growth of the company from a niche email newsletter to a disruptive media company, leading the charge in mingling content and commerce.
Lerer was among Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners, Vanity Fair’s Next Establishments, Crain’s 40 under 40, Forbes list of Most Powerful CEOs Under 40, AdWeek’s Young Influentials, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs of the Year, and Silicon Alley Insider’s 100 Coolest People in Tech for six years running.
Ben is also the Managing Director of Lerer Ventures, New York’s most active early-stage technology fund. He chairs the Board of Directors for the East River Development Alliance, a New York non-profit organization and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Lerer is an active mentor for NYC Venture Fellows, TechStars and Enstitute.
Board & Advisor Roles (5)Update
|Jun, 2015||Casper||$55M / Series B (Lead)||Lerer Hippeau Ventures|
|May, 2015||PureWow||$2.5M / Seed||Lerer Hippeau Ventures|
|Aug, 2014||Casper||$13.1M / Series A||Lerer Hippeau Ventures|
|Apr, 2014||Chubbies Shorts||$4M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2014||Scoutmob||$3M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2014||Casper||$1.6M / Seed (Lead)||Lerer Hippeau Ventures|
|Nov, 2009||Hot Potato||$1.42M / Series A||Personal Investment|
BS, Political Science1999 - 2003
|Jul 15, 2016||Digiday - The best of the week: Drinking rum, watching TV and getting on Line|
|Jul 15, 2016||Digiday - Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer: We’ll be on TV soon|
|Jun 22, 2016||Business Insider Australia - An agency CEO has apologised for sending out a Cannes party invite for 'attractive females and models only'|
|Jun 13, 2016||Ad Age - Amid Challenges to Digital Media, Thrillist CEO Says 'It's the Golden Age Right Now'|
|Jun 10, 2016||TechCrunch - Ben Lerer, Gary Vaynerchuk and Andy Dunn join the board of nonprofit RaisedBy.Us|
|May 27, 2016||Boston Tech Flash - 5 things you need to know about New York's top VC shop|
|Mar 29, 2016||PRWeb Sitemap - Raden Launches Design-Forward, App-Connected Luggage To Provide A Superior End-To-End Travel Experience; Announces $3.5M Seed Round|
|Mar 10, 2016||PocketGamer - Pocket Gamer's SXSW 2016 show guide|
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