Rich Pierson

Co-Founder & CEO

While still his twenties, Rich was already a highly successful advertising industry executive in the UK, serving as the head of business development for powerhouse creative agency BBH. His clients included many of the world’s most prominent brands, and he had been instrumental in creating and bringing to market a broad array of new products and business concepts.

The unrelenting stress and pressure of the ad business, however, caused Rich to abandon his lucrative, yet anxiety-producing career trajectory to study acupuncture. This new life journey led to a chance meeting with co-founder Andy Puddicombe, an ordained Buddhist monk who had recently returned from 10 years in meditative retreat, studying the ancient Buddhist traditions of Southeast Asia and Tibet.

Rich wanted to find a more peaceful, fulfilling path and Andy wanted to share his life-affirming learnings with the world, so they did a skills swap. Andy taught Rich meditation, while Rich educated Andy on the essentials of brand development and marketing. Before long, the unlikely duo created Headspace, with a shared vision for demystifying meditation and making it accessible to all.

Headspace launched in 2010 as an events company, and the now-popular meditation app followed two years later. In 2017, Fast Company identified Headspace as being among “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” and today, with nearly 54 million users in 190 countries, Andy, Rich and the dedicated team at Headspace are delivering on their mission to improve happiness and health around the world.

Rich lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife.

Follow Rich on Twitter: @richardpierson

My Sessions

Featured Panel: “How Content Can Drive Commerce”

Laurel Canyon Virtual Meeting Room

Los Angeles has long been the content capital of the world, but now there’s a new twist: L.A. tech companies are creating content not just to entertain, but to help people meditate or study for medical school. Join us as we talk to CEOs who are using content to drive commerce and a top investor […]