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BirthplaceSan Diego


Yale University, BA 2000
Computer Science

Current Companies

Board Advisor
Board Member
Senior Advisor

Former Companies

Co-founder, CTO, VP Engineering

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Former Financial Organizations

Web Presences


Eric Ries

Eric Ries is the author of the book, The Lean Startup. Previously, he co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of IMVU. He is the co-author of several books including The Black Art of Java Game Programming (Waite Group Press, 1996).

While an undergraduate at Yale Unviersity, he co-founded Catalyst Recruiting. Although Catalyst folded with the dot-com crash, Ries continued his entrepreneurial career as a Senior Software Engineer at, leading efforts in agile software development and user-generated content.

In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups and venture capital firms. In 2008 he served as a venture advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Heyday 12/2013Seed$2M19 11/2013Series A$2.3M6
Panorama Education 10/2013Seed$4M20
Munchery 9/2013Series A$4M7
CircleCI 2/2013Seed$1.5M10
The Muse 1/2013Seed$1.2M8
Nuzzel 11/2012Venture Round$1.7M9 6/2012Series A$7.9M21
Gaston Labs 3/2012Debt$100k11
WP Engine 11/2011Series A$1.2M7
ToutApp 5/2011Seed$350k9
Votizen 9/2010Venture Round$1.5M12



The Web 2.0 Show: Episode 72 - The Lean Startup / Eric Ries

Added: 3/18/10


  1. Heyday app launches, reveals $2 mln in seed funding ( [edit]
  2. Reverb Instrument Marketplace Receives $2.3 Million Series A Funding Round ( [edit]
  3. Panorama Education Wants To Help Fix Schools With Surveys And Analytics, Gets $4M From Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education, Google Ventures And More ( [edit]
  4. Meals Marketplace Munchery Adds New Series A Investors Menlo, Sherpa Ventures & More, Hires In-House Chefs ( [edit]
  5. CircleCI Raises $1.5M From Eric Ries And Heroku Founders For Platform To Test Web Apps ( [edit]
  6. The Muse Career Site Raises $1.2M ( [edit]
  7. Nuzzel Raises $1.7M in Funding ( [edit]
  8. Social Fundraising Platform,, Raises $7.9 Million to Rally the World ( [edit]
  9. [edit]
  10. Silverton, Automattic Put $1.2M Into WordPress Hosting And Security Service WP Engine ( [edit]
  11. ToutApp Raises Seed Round from Esther Dyson, Dave McClure, Eric Ries and others. ( [edit]
  12. Votizen Raises $1.5 Million To Make Sure Government Representatives Hear Your Voice ( [edit]
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