Mary Lemmer is the host of Startup Late Night. Drawing on her experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and improv comedian, Mary helps some of the largest and fastest-growing companies and their leaders to innovate and solve critical business challenges. She does this using a fun, engaging, and effective improv comedy methodology she developed and discusses in her TED talk “How improv can improve your leadership and life.”
Mary has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and thousands of companies, including Lyft, TED, the University of Michigan, Fordham University, Square, Patreon, TechStars, CBSi, R/GA, Silicon Valley Bank, 500 Startups, among others. Mary is the author of Straight From the Investor's Mouth: 111 Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs, started her first company, Iorio Gelato, at age 14, did early-stage VC, and was an investor in and later a director at a Silicon Valley unicorn. Mary is a graduate of The University of Michigan and studied improv comedy at The Second City, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and other improv theatres.