Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Drift
Elias Torres is the co-founder and CTO of Drift. He and his co-founder, David Cancel, started Drift in 2015 to transform the way businesses buy from businesses and now represent less than 1% of unicorns led by Latino founders. Elias has been instrumental in scaling the company to more than 600 employees with 50,000+ customers worldwide that use Drift to deliver a more enjoyable and more human experience that builds trust and accelerates revenue. In addition to starting, advising, and helping early stage companies, Elias is passionate about building winning teams and supporting Latinx entrepreneurs across the U.S.
Prior to founding Drift, Elias served as VP of Engineering at HubSpot, a public inbound marketing company. He was the founder and former CTO of Performable, a software platform for businesses, which was acquired by HubSpot in 2011. Elias formerly served as VP of engineering at Lookery, where he architected and built their cloud-based targeting infrastructure composed of various services including data collection, analytics, and real-time user targeting. He began his career with IBM as a senior software engineer.
Elias currently serves on the Bloom Institute of Technology board (formerly the Lambda School). He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida and received his master’s degree in computer science from Harvard University. He is a member of the 2022 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.