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Brian
Halligan & Dharmesh Shah

Co-Founders, HubSpot

Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah

Co-Founders, HubSpot

Why Inbound?

  • 01 Brian and Dharmesh have led the inbound movement as co-founders of HubSpot since the company was created in 2006.

Brian Halligan is co-founder and CEO of HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, Brian was a Venture Partner at Longworth Ventures and VP of Sales at Groove Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft. Previously, Brian was a Senior VP of Sales at PTC.

 

He has co-authored two books, "Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs" with Dharmesh Shah, and "Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead" with David Meerman Scott and Bill Walton. Recently, he's been writing about how to turn your startup into a scale-up.

 

He was named a Top-Rated CEO by Glassdoor in 201420152017, and 2018. Brian was also listed by Comparably as one of the Top 5 Best CEOs of a Large Company in 2018, as well as one of the Top 5 Best CEOs for Women and for Diversity in 2018. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of the Year in 2011 and an Inc. Founders 40 in 2016.

 

Brian is a senior lecturer at MIT's Sloan School Of Management where he teaches Course 15.392 called "Scaling Entrepreneurial Ventures."

 

In 2017, Brian donated $1.6 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center for Jerry Garcia's guitar to support two things he cares deeply about: social justice and music. Around his hometown of Boston, his favorite charity is Camp Harbor View, serving over 1,000 youths from Boston's at-risk neighborhoods through summer camp on Boston Harbor.

 

He has a BSEE from the University Of Vermont and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School Of Management.

 

In his spare time, he practices his guitar, plays tennis, and follows the Red Sox.

 

Dharmesh Shah is co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. Prior to founding HubSpot in 2006, Dharmesh was founder and CEO of Pyramid Digital Solutions, which was acquired by SunGard Data Systems in 2005.

 

In addition to co-authoring “Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media and Blogs”, Dharmesh founded and writes for OnStartups.com -- a top-ranking startup blog and community with more than 700,000 members.

 

In 2013, Dharmesh published HubSpot’s Culture Code, which has garnered nearly four million views on SlideShare. Named an Inc. Founders 40 in 2016, he is an active member of the Boston-area entrepreneurial community, an angel investor in over 60 startups, and a frequent speaker on startups, inbound marketing, and company culture.

 

Dharmesh holds a BS in Computer Science from UAB and an MS in the Management of Technology from MIT.

Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant.

Dharmesh Shah

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