Meet the Team



Jeremiah Gardner helps organizations reframe the way they approach brand innovation, culture, and leadership. He is the author of the bestselling book, The Lean Brand, the first book to bring the rigor of lean startup principles to the marketing black box of branding. He is founder of #LeanBrandLab, co-founder of Market By Numbers Press and has been featured in several media outlets including Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Lifehacker, The Guardian, Branding Magazine, and SayDaily.



Brant Cooper helps organizations big and small innovate. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Lean Entrepreneur, and is a sought after speaker, startup advisor and mentor. He has over 16 years experience helping companies bring innovative products to market. His startup career includes Tumbleweed, Timestamp, WildPackets, inCode, and many others. He has experienced IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and crushing failure. Brant is the Co-Founder of Moves the Needle Group, which has advised the innovation practices of such leading companies as Qualcomm, Intuit, Capital One, Pitney Bowes and 7-11.


Laurence McCahill is a man on a mission to bring more meaning to entrepreneurship. He’s the brains behind The Happy Startup School, a movement that is helping a new breed of entrepreneur to realize their dreams, those that place purpose and people before profits. His e-book ‘4 steps to a Happy Startup’ has helped to create a global movement and he recently curated and hosted Happy Startup Summercamp in London, bringing together some of the leading minds in happiness in business. He is co-founder of Spook Studio and has been featured in Wired, The Guardian, TechCrunch and The Next Web.



Nicole Leandra is a creative director, web designer and partner at She works with entrepreneurs and founders to tell their story, prioritize and design interactions with their audience and build in community. Nicole volunteers with Startup San Diego to put on Startup Week and community events.