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Eric Koester
Works at Zaarly, Inc.
Attended The George Washington University School of Law
Lives in Washington, DC
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Eric is the Chief Operating Officer of Zaarly, a mobile ecommerce company.  He was formerly the VP Operations and General Counsel at Appature Inc., a developer of business intelligence software for marketing professionals in the healthcare sector, and formerly an attorney at Cooley LLP (previously with Heller Ehrman LLP’s Venture Law Group) with a practice focused on emerging technology companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, with particular emphases on venture capital and bank financings, corporate partnerships, commercial agreements, intellectual property licensing, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Eric is a graduate of the business school at Marquette University and a graduate of The George Washington University School of Law. Eric is also a certified public accountant.

Prior to joining Cooley, Eric held financial and accounting-related positions at Morgan Stanley and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. While attending law school, Eric held positions in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (formerly NASD, Inc.) assisting with ongoing securities industry enforcement proceedings, as a Summer Associate at the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., and in the legal department of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) focusing on issues of antitrust in the healthcare contracting industry.

Eric has recently published two books on technology and entrepreneurship entitled Green Entrepreneur Handbook and Starting A High-Tech Business Venture.  All proceeds from the sale of these books benefit nonprofits Kiva and Startup Weekend.

Eric is married to Allison Koester, a PhD candidate in Accountancy at the University of Washington. They have two pugs, Bailey and Riley. Eric loves to travel and his lifelong goal is to make it to all 100 of the Hillman Wonders of the World. So far, 42 down… lots to go.

  • The George Washington University School of Law
  • Marquette University
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Chief Operating Officer
  • Zaarly, Inc.
    Chief Operating Officer, 2011 - present
  • Appature Inc.
    VP Operations & General Counsel, 2010 - 2011
  • Heller Ehrman LLP
    Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    2001 - 2005
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Cooley LLP
    Attorney, 2008 - 2010
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