Brian Halligan

Brian Halligan

Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer

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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, "Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead” with David Meerman Scott and Bill Walton, and “Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs” with Dharmesh Shah.


Brian was named Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011; a Top 10 Highest Rated CEO on Glassdoor in 2014, 2015, and 2017; and an Inc. Founders 40 in 2016.


A lifelong Dead Head, Brian recently donated $1.6M to the Southern Poverty Law Center for Jerry Garcia's guitar to support two causes he cares deeply about: social justice and music.


Around the community, Brian's favorite charity is Camp Harbor View, serving nearly 1,000 youths from Boston's at-risk neighborhoods through two four-week summer camp sessions on Long Island in the Boston Harbor.

In his spare time, Brian follows his beloved Red Sox and is a voracious reader. He is a senior lecturer on “Designing, Developing, and Launching Successful Products” at MIT Sloan School of Management.


Brian is passionate about helping companies grow from Startup to Scaleup. He is a graduate from the University of Vermont and has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


HubSpot underwent an initial public offering in October, 2014, and became profitable in Q1 2017.