Brian Halligan is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hubspot, an Internet marketing firm with over 250 employees based in Cambridge, MA. A native of New England, Brian grew up attending public schools in Westwood, MA before earning a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering at the University of Vermont and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In his second book, Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead, Brian notes that he has seen the iconic band perform over one hundred times since his days in high school. His bio on Hubspot’s web page notes that he “is learning to play guitar,” himself, as well as his being an ardent Red Sox fan, as befits a true son of New England.

Brian is a frequent public speaker, a Senior Lecturer at MIT, and an avid user of social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Inc.com. He was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year- New England Region Award in 2011.


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Brian Halligan is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hubspot, an Internet marketing firm with over 250 employees based in Cambridge, MA. A native of New England, Brian grew up attending public schools in Westwood, MA before earning a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering at the University of Vermont and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In his second book, Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead, Brian notes that he has seen the iconic band perform over one hundred times since his days in high school. His bio on Hubspot’s web page notes that he “is learning to play guitar,” himself, as well as his being an ardent Red Sox fan, as befits a true son of New England.

Brian is a frequent public speaker, a Senior Lecturer at MIT, and an avid user of social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Inc.com. He was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year- New England Region Award in 2011.

Dharmesh Shah, the CTO for Hubspot and a co-founder of the company. He is the author of OnStartups.com, his blog which has over 25,000 subscribers worldwide and provides advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and investors. Dharmesh writes in OnStartups.com, “...I figured out that there are others out there that are also fascinated with startups and what it takes to make them succeed. So I started this blog.”  

Educated at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and MIT, Dharmesh worked as a software developer before starting his own company, Pyramid Digital Solutions, in 1994. Pyramid was sold to SunGard Business Systems eleven years later, and Dharmesh worked with Brian Halligan to found Hubspot. OnStartups began in November 2005. Currently the OnStartups LinkedIn group includes over 140,000 members.

Dharmesh is both an angel investor and seed investor for numerous startup companies and projects, and is a sought after speaker and consultant. OnStartups blog about Dharmesh states, “I still write code as it keeps me in touch with reality and makes me a better entrepreneur. Plus, I enjoy it.”

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