Eric Koester is an Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School of Business teaching several MBA-level entrepreneurship classes:
Customer Discovery MBA Tutorail
Lean Startup MBA Tutorial
Currently building and launching a new technology startup developing ‘big data’ tools for the small business economy, Koester also devotes considerable time to building the startup community by sitting on the board of UP Global and Startup Weekend.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Koester is a co-founder of Zaarly, a marketplace to locate local small businesses and service providers, named by Fast Company as one of the Fifty Most Innovative Companies in the World. He was also an executive at Appature Inc., a cloud-based relationship marketing software company acquired by IMS in 2013; a founder of Learn that Name, acquired by Blackberry in 2010; and a founder/manager of other companies in the environmental consultancy and web development sectors.Koester has also has worked extensively with Steve Blank and Bob Dorf to develop and launch new curricula in the arenas of customer discovery and lean principles.
Koester was recently named one of Washington DC’s “40 under 40” and has written several books on startups and technology, including The Green Entrepreneur Handbook (CRC Press 2011) and Starting a High Tech Business Venture (Taylor & Francis 2010).
Koester holds a JD from The George Washington University School of Law and a BA in Business Administration from Marquette University. He is also a certified public accountant in the State of Washington.