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Pivotal Welcomes Eric Ries as Entrepreneur–in–Residence to Help Bring the Silicon Valley State of Mind to the World’s Largest Companies

Pioneer of the Lean Startup Movement joins Pivotal to help the world’s largest companies innovate and move at startup speeds


Eric Ries is joining Pivotal as Entrepreneur–in–Residence to further bolster the company’s trailblazing digital transformation capabilities for Pivotal customers

As a pioneer of the Lean Startup movement, Eric Ries will work with Pivotal customers in building a continuous innovation company—marked by the development of innovative business practices that emphasize fast iteration and customer insights

SAN FRANCISCO, January 27, 2016 – Pivotal, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, today announced it's teaming up with Eric Ries—entrepreneur, author, and pioneer of the Lean Startup movement—to further bolster the company’s trailblazing Digital Transformation capabilities for the world’s largest companies.

Pivotal’s strategic collaboration with Eric Ries will bring Lean Startup methodologies directly to enterprise customers, further accelerating their digital transformation—learning how to create software better than a venture backed startup, and combining that with their decades of industry expertise to allow them to be faster, more agile and competitive into new areas.

“When there is an opportunity to work with someone like Eric, with a bold vision and the know-how to get things done, the natural thing to do is bring him on board,” said Edward Hieatt, senior vice president of services at Pivotal. “We’re incredibly fortunate to collaborate with Eric, and are proud to offer yet another way to help our customers differentiate themselves and accelerate.”

Eric’s proven methodology allows enterprises to transform the core of its business structure to reignite its entrepreneurial capabilities by addressing the question, “How can we learn faster what works so that we can discard what doesn't?” Ultimately, this unleashes a Silicon Valley state of mind on companies with decades of industry know-how, armed with the right tools, to change the way software improves and creates new customer experiences.

Pivotal has been committed to the development of Lean Startup methodologies since 2010 and has worked with hundreds of companies, including the White House. Since 2014, Pivotal has trained over 250 consultants in Lean Startup practices, helping customers bring minimum viable products to market, reducing risk and validating assumptions in situations of extreme market uncertainty.

“Pivotal is transforming how legacy companies of today are doing business by equipping them with the technology and the mindset to disrupt the disruptors,” said Eric Ries. “It’s become a real School of Disruption. I am excited to join the team to further proliferate company-wide innovation for Pivotal’s customers that emphasizes fast iteration and customer insight, a huge vision and great ambition, all at the same time.”

About Eric Ries

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University and co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU. Today he serves on the board of directors for Code for America and as an advisor to a number of startups.

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