Eric Ly

Eric Ly

Founder, CEO at Presdo Inc.

San Francisco Bay Area

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Eric Ly's Overview

  • Co-Founder at LinkedIn
  • Vice President, CTO at Enactex
  • CEO & Co-Founder at Tresidder Networks
  • Homestead High School

500+ connections


Eric Ly's Summary

I am passionate about combining innovative products, technologies and business models to create highly successful companies. has been my passion for the last couple years, which has been to create consumer Internet products that have wide appeal to everyday users.

Prior to that, I was a co-founder at LinkedIn, where I served as its founding CTO and VP of Desktop products. I worked with a talented team to enable professionals to connect in fundamentally better ways with each other online. (Since you're on this site, you know the rest!) Not only did I create some core components of the service, I also led the desktop product team to create several successful desktop products that bring the value of LinkedIn closer to users' everyday. I helped the company achieve a rapidly-growing user base and profitability.

I'm an experienced entrepreneur who has seen a lot about what succeeds and what doesn't, and cares a lot about building great companies. There are a lot of important ingredients. You can ask me what they are if you're curious.


Social media, internet business models, great products

Eric Ly's Experience

Founder, CEO

Presdo Inc.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

July 2007Present (7 years 4 months)

Our company provide two products: Presdo Match (, an event networking and matchmaking product that enables attendees, exhibitors and sponsors to connect at conferences and trade shows, and Presdo, a social scheduling application.



Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; LNKD; Internet industry

November 2002March 2006 (3 years 5 months)

As a co-founder and founding CTO of LinkedIn, I helped launch LinkedIn and contributed to its overall strategic direction at the executive team level. On the product side, I architected and implemented several core components of the service, including its networking and search algorithms and features. I built LinkedIn's desktop products team, and as Vice President of Desktop, I led the team to create all of LinkedIn's desktop integrations, including LinkedIn's Outlook, Firefox, IE, and JobsInsider products.

Vice President, CTO


August 2001November 2002 (1 year 4 months)

I led the engineering team to deliver several successful product releases and supported existing customers after Netmosphere was repurchased from Critical Path. My role at the company included working with customers in support roles, driving product direction, and leading the engineering team through several releases and rearchitecture projects.

CEO & Co-Founder

Tresidder Networks

February 2000August 2001 (1 year 7 months)

I founded a company to build a server platform for the delivery of personalized content and wireless services. We did business mostly in Japan, with some of the large companies in the wireless space, including Toshiba, KDDI and NTT DoCoMo.

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Internet industry

November 1995October 1999 (4 years)

I founded a company to create a new generation of web-based project management collaboration products. I built the initial engineering team and helped shipped several versions of the product. The company developed several major site license customers among the Fortune 500 and went from zero to $10M/yr in revenue in four years. The company was acquired by Critical Path.

Senior Software Engineer

General Magic

Public Company; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

June 1994October 1995 (1 year 5 months)

I designed and implemented several mobile applications--a publishing application for AT&T, a second generation messaging application, and the world's first web browser running on a PDA.

Software Engineer

Sun Microsystems

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; ORCL; Information Technology and Services industry

June 1993June 1994 (1 year 1 month)

At Sun, I worked as part of the very early Java team (when Java was still called "Oak") and created telephony applications for their then PDA-product.

QA Engineer Intern


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; IBM; Information Technology and Services industry

April 1988November 1990 (2 years 8 months)

I worked on the IBM AIX port of the NeXTstep software (now Mac OS X) and performed testing on the Application Kit libraries (now Cocoa).

Eric Ly's Skills & Expertise

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Social Networking
  3. Web 2.0
  4. Software Engineering
  5. Viral Marketing
  6. Mobile Applications
  7. Cloud Computing
  8. SaaS
  9. Start-ups
  10. Social Media
  11. Enterprise Software
  12. Product Management
  13. Strategy
  14. Integration
  15. Mobile Devices
  16. SEM
  17. Scalability
  18. User Experience
  19. Venture Capital
  21. Strategic Partnerships
  22. Strategic Planning
  23. Leadership
  24. Marketing
  25. Networking
  26. E-commerce
  27. Lead Generation
  28. Awesomeness
  29. General Awesomeness

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Eric Ly's Education

Stanford University

PhD, Computer Science


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MS, Media Arts and Sciences


I did research into intelligent agents and speech user interfaces and combined machine learning with both IVR and speech recognition user interfaces to develop learning, talking computers and devices. My masters thesis was titled "Chatter: a conversational telephone agent". I learned a great deal from my thesis advisers: Chris Schmandt, Pattie Maes, and Candy Sidner.

Stanford University

BS, Symbolic Systems


My major combined computer science, cognitive science, linguistics and philosophy with a concentration in artificial intelligence. I spent my time at Stanford writing science for the Stanford Daily, did research in exotic areas of artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and created the well-known educational software Tarski's World on the NeXT platform (now MacOS Cocoa). I became interested in HCI, working with professor Terry Winograd, who had a large influence on my interests in computer science. I graduated from my major with Distinction.

Activities and Societies: Stanford Daily, Phi Beta Kappa

Homestead High School

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