Ben Lerer

Group Nine Media CEO

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How Do You Strike a Balance Between Speed and Accuracy in Your Company?

I think speed is probably more important than accuracy, generally speaking. Like it's okay to make mistakes, and we should break some things as we're going. You need to be willing to, you know, hard…

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What's Your Power Food?

Well, for breakfast every day I have a La Colombe iced Americano, which I recently found out has four shots of espresso in it, which is terrifying because, and some days I have two, and…

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What Is Your Must-Ask Job Interview Question?

What people's motivations are. Do we want the same things? And do we think about our teams in generally the same way? And do we think about success and failure in generally the same way? If…

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How Do You Know When Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager?

I think it's a self-selecting process. Someone is stepping up, their manager is becoming increasingly dependent on them. People show themselves as hungry for it, and capable, and they've earned the respect of their manager…

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What’s Your Power Outfit?

Shoes, I mean I don't know. My most powerful feeling clothing is probably when I'm going to the gym and I tend to feel more powerful in warmer months when I can wear T-shirts instead…

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If You Were Stranded on a Desert Island, What 3 Things Would You Want With You?

Probably pizza, just from like a basic, I have to have food. I mean, I guess probably, assuming I have WiFi, I guess like a, like an iPad so I can get both like TV,…

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What’s the Hardest Part About Being a CEO?

That idea of being personally connected to your business in a way where your self worth becomes sort of intrinsically linked with the success of your company is the hardest thing about being a CEO…

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What’s the Most Important Skill You Use That School Did Not Teach You?

So much of, in particular, my job is about EQ, much less IQ. You have to rely on the realities of the feedback that you're getting from your audience, that you're getting from the market,…

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How Long Have You Gone Without Sleep Because of Work?

I've probably never gone more than 24 hours without sleep. I can remember a few days in particular earlier in the business where we had a tech-build that launched and went wrong, and we were…

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What’s Your Morning Routine?

My kid jumps in my bed and we watch Paw Patrol and/or Mutt & Stuff, which is the worst show I've ever seen. Depending on the morning, I either then run to the gym and…

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How Do You Manage Your Emails?

I manage my emails psychotically. I have, I'm at Inbox Zero basically at all times. And my list of things to do is my unread emails as far as I see it. I'm trying to…

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What Role Does Data Play in Your Decision-Making Process?

We sat down with GE, who's a client of ours last year and had a conversation with them about, and surfaced an insight to them that content about hot sauce at Thrillist tended to have…

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What Is Your Biggest Time-Saving Trick?

The real best time saving thing I can do is, is build a team around me that's much smarter than me and better than me. And so that's the number one thing that I'm trying…

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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Can They Be Made?

There is different, there's different like kinds of entrepreneurs. But like a growth, VC backed entrepreneur is a, there's a certain kind of person who should do it. And it takes a certain kind of…

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What Do You Do to Promote Employee Wellness?

I think the most important thing you can do is give transparency of mission. So that people understand that the work that they're doing is connected to a sort of, a grand plan and that…

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How Do You Overcome Imposter Syndrome?

My dad's, again, I'm using another quote from my dad, but he says this all the time, and I love it, which is "Everyone's a fraud." And so, when I have imposter syndrome, I just…

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Do You Have Any Tips for Managing Millennials?

A long time ago, my dad told me something which I try to remember every day, and I screw up remembering every day, which is just to generally try to treat people the way you…

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"Serves as the Managing Director of Lerer Hippeau Ventures"

Ben Lerer is the CEO of Group Nine Media, a new digital media holding company consisting of Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo, and Seeker. He is also the co-founder of Thrillist. Lerer was among Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners, Vanity Fair’s Next Establishments, Crain’s 40 under 40, Forbes's list of the Most Powerful CEOs Under 40, AdWeek’s Young Influentials, Inc's 30 under 30, and Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Ben is also the Managing Director of Lerer Hippeau Ventures, New York’s most active early-stage technology fund. He chairs the Board of Directors for Urban Upbound, a New York non-profit organization, and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Ben sits on the Board of Directors for Casper, the Advisory Board for Refinery29, the Board of RaisedByUs, and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for JackThreads.