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BirthplaceNew York


University of Pennsylvania 2003


Co-Founder and CEO

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Ben Lerer

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 E[nstitute].

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Chubbies Shorts 4/2014Venture Round$4M7
Scoutmob 4/2014Series B$3M5
Hot Potato 11/2009Series A$1.42M16



  1. Chubbies Raises $4 Million Giving Bros A Weekend Uniform ( [edit]
  2. Scoutmob raises $3M as the Atlanta startup pivots to e-commerce ( [edit]
  3. Hot Potato Raises $1.42 For Event Social Networking ( [edit]
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