Nov 11

Leadership Breakfast Series, Ben Lerer of Thrillist and Lerer Ventures

We continued our Leadership Breakfast Series this week with Ben Lerer. Ben is the co-founder of, the leading men’s digital lifestyle publication that provides recommendations on local food, drinks, entertainment, travel, and events. Ben also recently co-founded Lerer Ventures, an early-stage fund targeting investments in New York technology and media companies.

During the 90-minute breakfast, Ben spoke about his experiences as an entrepreneur and an early-stage investor. At, Ben focused on creating excellent content that his readers wanted and couldn’t find anywhere else. Local businesses quickly realized the power of a recommendation, as restaurant reservations would quickly fill up and products would sell out within hours of a positive review. Ben also spoke about the acquisition of the online shopping community JackThreads, and how the company’s strong relationships with male casual-wear brands benefit readers.

In his latest venture, Ben teamed with his father to create a fund targeting early-stage technology and media companies. He stressed the importance of experience starting a business when looking to  identify high-potential early-stage businesses and advise them on growth.

Thank you to Ben for taking the time to share his stories.

~ Christin Davis – Columbia Business School 2012 – Current InSITE fellow

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