Startup and Media Strategies

Through a career spanning tech and media, I’ve gained deep experience in team management (including distributed teams), product and media development, entrepreneurship education, and disrupting bias in the workplace

I'm currently on the executive team for 18F, a startup within the federal government. Previously, I was VP of Programs for, creating entrepreneurship training and advising startups for an innovative investment program. Before that, I was CEO and co-founder of Lean Startup Productions, a successful media startup, and co-author of The Twitter Book, a popular guide. I’ve held senior management positions at O’Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb, launching and running profitable media properties, and I’ve held high-level roles with a number of tech startups. Earlier, I was a freelance journalist writing regularly for The New York Times,  I co-founded a record label with children’s musician Laurie Berkner, and I started Just Food's CSA in NYC program.

I hold an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and a BA from Rutgers University. I split my time between New York and San Francisco. Bonus fact: I was the 21st user of Twitter.


Speaking and Workshops

I’ve spoken at dozens of conferences, universities, corporate meetings and other events, and I often run workshops. I welcome new opportunities. Topics include:

  • Disrupting Bias at Work (e.g., this talk or this talk)
  • How to Get Picked to Speak at Conferences (e.g., this informal webcast)
  • Lean Startup 101
  • Introducing Entrepreneurship in Your Established Organization

I’ve also given an uncountable number of talks about Twitter. I rarely cover that now, but I can recommend other people. 


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