Out of Office Hours

Creating dialog between newcomers and people working in the tech industry.

Who you are

You may be in school, thinking about getting into the industry, or struggling with your first tech job. Perhaps you don’t have the opportunity to go to university or college and you’re wondering if technology is a potential career path. Perhaps you don’t identify with a lot of the people you see in tech and you’re wondering if tech will be a rewarding space for you.

Who our volunteers are

We’re founders, designers, and engineers. Some of us work at large companies and some at smaller, established companies. We won’t pretend to have answers or advice for you, but we will try our hardest to relate, and share some of our experiences. Like you, many of us took the traditional university route to the tech industry, and many of us are self-taught.

How do you talk to someone?

We ask that you fill out a brief questionnaire. This let’s us learn about you and prevents Out of Office Hours from being first-come first-served. We recognize our privilege and would prefer to elevate voices that are diverse around people of color, gender identity, sexuality, and class.

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How does Out of Office Hours work?

Every month we update this site with a group of people volunteering to video chat or meet you in person. We try to have a diverse selection of volunteers because we believe there’s a place for everyone in tech. Having role models you can relate to is important.

July 2018 Volunteers

Josh McCray Web Designer / Developer

I'm an in house design/developer for Jockey (the underwear company!). I started out as an intern 5 years ago and have been here since! Since we're a smaller team my roles vary from marketing design, user experience and some front end development.

Victoria Stoyanova Community Strategist

Victoria's work is focused on connecting people, ideas and spaces in new ways. Previously regional manager at Techstars and head of community and culture at Second Home, she now runs Malleable - a practice dedicated to community strategy and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has spent the last decade building communities and has had the chance to work with the likes of the BBC, Microsoft Ventures, Hyper Island and the Victoria & Albert museum. She's also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and runs the London chapter of CreativeMornings.

Dan Smolkin Founder @ Integraph

Dan is the founder of Integraph, an employee lifecycle management tool. Previously, he built the people operations (HR) function for Quixey as they grew from 10 to 250 employees worldwide. You can talk with Dan about people operations, product development, going from non-technical to technical roles or for a quick bit of career advice.

Pou Dimitrijevich Product Designer @ Smule

Pou (pronouced /poh/ like the poet) Dimitrijevich, is a Digital Product Designer based in San Francisco, CA. Before joining Smule, Pou worked on mobile apps in health and wellness, online dating and B2C digital products. Feel free to chat Pou up about transitioning from print to web, networking as a first gen college grad or managing time (and teams) on a cross functional feature.

Ian Patrick Hines Founder & CEO of Hines Digital

Ian got involved in digital and politics in 2003, and since 2013 he’s been a full-time web design & fundraising consultant for some of the world’s leading political campaigns and advocacy organizations. Prior to consulting, Ian was a freelance web designer and an Los Angeles startup employee. You can talk to him about start ups, freelancing, product design, freelancing, career planning for multiple jobs, or really whatever.

Silvia Tomanin Product Manager, Web + Open Data

Silvia is a web engineer and product owner with around 8 years of experience in web development, infrastructure and product management. She is particularly interested in UX, interaction design, data visualization and open data. She has experience in web products (re)designs, migrations and technical projects involving in-house or distributed teams in international cross-cultural environments. She has been working for research institutes such as CERN , non-profit such as Doctors Without Borders, digital agencies and as a consultant.

Mike Slagh Founder at Shift.org

I was on the US Navy bomb squad for 7 years before starting a company to help fellow veterans break into tech. In the Navy, I traveled to foreign countries to train militaries and police forces to safely disarm anything from improvised devices to nuclear weapons. Now, I'm showing this generation of veterans that the technical and operational proficiency they learned in the military can be a terrific asset to any tech company with shift.org.

Elena Timofeeva Salesforce consultant at Fluido

Elena started her tech journey as a self-taught Linux admin (has a degree in biology), then moved to enterprise software consulting, worked for Russian government and Microsoft. A year ago she moved from Russia to Finland, having no idea if it's possible to land a job in IT consulting for a non-Finnish speaker. Since October 2016, she's been working as a Salesforce consultant wearing also hats of a business analyst, project manager and trusted adviser for her clients. You can talk with Elena about getting into the industry, being an immigrant, and any aspect of running enterprise projects.

Mindaugas Petrutis I help designers find jobs they'll love.

Currently @ InVision, building a program to help our customers scale design teams better. Mindaugas Petrutis is a design recruiter who for the past 3 years has helped a number of designers find jobs they love. He has worked with the best tech and design companies in Dublin, Ireland, you can talk to him about best approaches to finding your first design job, networking and portfolios.

Tanaya Joshi Product Designer at Instacart

Tanaya Joshi is a Product Designer at Instacart, previously at Facebook. Originally from Mumbai, she moved to the U.S. at the age of 11. She has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering a masters in Industrial Design. She came upon UX by way of her work at a mom and pop startup, John Deere, and Frog Design. Upon graduating, she has been a Designer at McKinsey Digital Labs and Facebook. She is currently at Instacart, where she on the Growth team, a new and exciting area for her! Through her work, Tanaya has designed a cotton harvesting app, marketing websites, suite of apps for Nickelodeon, software for brokers, on-boarding experience on a new fb product called Test an Learn, to name a few. You can talk to her about just about anything!

Matt Davey Senior Product Designer at 1Password

Matt Davey is senior product designer at 1Password, working across iOS, Android, a web app and a marketing site. Once upon a time he ran a digital product agency that built a photo cushion maker and worked with Microsoft, Nokia, Ecco Shoes and Burberry. You can talk with Matt about working remotely, relocating for a company, designing across platforms, any aspect of design or the morality of pineapple on a pizza.

Rahul Iyer Product Manager at InSite

Rahul is a Product Manager & Entrepreneur. Formerly a collegiate athlete, he built a startup to better athletes' wrist and grip strength with a product called Cheer Straps. From there, Rahul transitioned into consulting where he worked with Fortune 500 retailers in the supply chain & logistics software industry. Rahul recently made a trek from Atlanta to San Francisco where he ended up becoming a Product Manager at a startup in the Valley. You can chat with Rahul about breaking into a PM role from a non-traditional background, startups, relationship building, and life. Feel free to read more of his story on Medium (@rahuldotiyer)

Nina Stepanov VC

I am now running Acceleprise NYC, a 4-month pre-seed B2B SaaS accelerator based in SF but operating in NYC and Melbourne, Australia. I support the team by co-running the NYC program alongside our MD and GP, Mike Cardamone and running ship on operations and marketing of the fund and community. Prior to this I was part of the team running Techstars IoT in NYC and prior to that I had a few different roles in marketing at a gov-tech startup called ViewPoint, HubSpot, Intuit, and a YC-backed company that was acquired by Medium called Embedly. I've been supporting founders of companies from lifestyle brands to high-tech hardware and everything in-between.

Sean Gates Front-end engineer

I've been building websites for 18 years, have built well over 1000 sites, and now work as a software engineer at eBay, building eBay's next-generation UX interfaces. I feel comfortable talking to people about anything, but mostly about being a front end developer and engineer.

John Saddington Founder, Writer, Indie App Developer, Dad, n00b Vlogger

Programmer for 19 years. Worked at a fortune 50 at 15 yrs old, was an exec at fortune 50 at age 25. Did non-profit for a few years. Got 2 masters degrees, one in education. Licensed marriage / pre-marriage counselor. I build startups, most failed, a few worked. I particularly love talking about transitions, helping people discover where they are meant to be and empowering them to be their very best selves. I love people and team dynamics and I particularly love mentoring new and younger leaders.

Mina Jonsson Lead User Experience Designer at Yodle

I've nurtured a wide variety of iPhone/Android apps and websites from concept to launch for big and small brands in the categories of productivity, music, finance, lifestyle, shipping, and publishing. I've worked both client-side and at design and ad agencies. My current role at Yodle involves leading UX design and strategy for dental patient communication software as well as schedule management apps for field service businesses. I could never choose between form and function, because I love them both!

Diana Mounter Product Designer and leads the Design Systems team at Github

Formerly Diana was a Senior Product Designer at Etsy, Interaction Designer at Snapguide, and UX Designer at Vast.com. You can talk to Diana about design systems, user-centric design, scalable CSS, design facilitation, and team collaboration.

Jonny Miller Tribe Leader at Escape the City

Just after graduating university, I co-founded the startup Maptia.com with two of my best friends. We were fortunate enough to take part in both Startup Chile and Techstars (Seattle) accelerator programmes which is where I immersed myself in the startup world. Since moving on from Maptia last year, I've joined Escape the City where I'm working full time running their Startup Tribes program. I love the work and helping to mentor the eager and enthusiastic founders who I meet through the school.

James Sturtevant SR. Software Engineer

James (@aspenwilder) works for Microsoft where he partners with developers to explore the latest technologies for the web and IoT.  Prior to Microsoft, he worked in the web development space for 10+ years working with startups and enterprises to improve the way they do business through technology. James is a regular speaker at local and national conferences and blogs at jamessturtevant.com. When he isn’t practicing his software craft James can be found running through the woods, climbing mountains, or hiking with his daughters.   You can hear more about my story at http://developeronfire.com/podcast/episode-199-james-sturtevant-masterminding-engagment

Richard Kho Software Engineer @ Capital One

Richard Kho is a software engineer at Capital One. It's his first full-time job in the industry, having formerly worked at a startup in a customer support capacity. In 2014, Richard taught himself how to code in his spare time and ended up attending Hack Reactor, a coding bootcamp which let him pivot into the world of software engineering. Currently, Richard is working on an enterprise-scale React application which handles all of the credit card signups for Capital One. Additionally, on the side, Richard is writing a book on React Native development slated for publishing this year. You can talk with Richard about breaking into tech and learning how to code.

Jason Marder Product Designer at Gusto

Jason Marder is a product designer at Gusto (by way of Designer Fund's Bridge program) and general life enthusiast. Before Gusto, Jason freelanced for and advised a number of YC startups. Before freelancing, Jason lived the agency life, doing digital, design & innovation consulting for Fortune 500 clients. Before all this design stuff started, Jason studied technology, anthropology, and psychology at Cornell. You can talk to Jason about a wide range of topics: the craft of design, your career ambitions, networking strategies, working in startups vs. agencies, finding inspiration, pushing through creative blocks, and more.

Jon Quach Design Engineer :)

I'm a self-taught Design/Developer, who's currently working at Help Scout as their single Design Engineer. Being experienced in both disciplines allows me to optimize and create frameworks, tooling, and processes that help improve coordination and velocity of both teams. I'm most experienced with (and most enthusiastic about) front-end UI design, particular component design. The designer side of me is obsessed with how that code helps improve user-interaction + experience. The engineering side of me is obsessed with how that code is understood, tested, and can scale over time.

David Hariri Designer, Developer & Founder of Ada

David Hariri is an interface designer and founder of Ada (https://ada.support). Before leading design at Ada, he lead development of all of it's core services including a REST API that handles millions of requests a day and two React Javascript applications. Before Ada, David built a product called Volley which was a social helping network with thousands of users. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he was a developer at an agency called Teehan+Lax which was acquired by Facebook. David is trying to be the best he can be at building software people love. You can chat with him about anything to do with designing and building products and startups.

Andy Croll Freelance developer

I've worked both freelance & employed in small companies as well as a dark past in the graduate scheme for big IT. I mostly program in Ruby these days, but have strong HTML/CSS web standards background too. I've been through the VC startup machine as a founder (raised 500k USD) and been at the end of large startups too. I run brightonruby.com a UK-based Ruby conference and ltvconf.com a conference aimed as digital businesses not pursuing the VC route.

Glenn Gonda Software Engineer at Rockbot

Glenn Gonda is a Fullstack Software Engineer at Rockbot and broke into tech from a non-traditional background. He has volunteered at Hack Reactor, Hackbright Academy, Code2040, and has made contributions to NodeJS. Prior to becoming a software engineer, he was a recording studio engineer and has credits with artists such as Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar. You can chat with Glenn about frontend development, mentorship, switching careers, coding bootcamps, networking, and the job search.

Joey Loi Product Manager at Dropbox

Joey is a product manager at Dropbox, working on mobile experiences. Previously, he has had intern roles in product, data, and design at Yelp, Square, Facebook, Shopify, and others. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2017 from Systems Design Engineering.

Hannah Zachritz Head of Product

Head of Product at Wiivv Wearables and an advisor of education-tech companies. Formally, Hannah was a Product Manager at Chegg, and a Product Manager and Sales Manager at Uversity. You can talk to Hannah about Product Management, UX, strategy, and Business Development.

Vince Law Product Manager, Coach, Consultant

Mechanical Engineer turned Tech/Management Consultant turned Product Manager. Most recently at General Assembly as head of the Product Management team. Currently coaching and teach aspiring+experienced PM and consulting with early-stage startups.

Nicole Damstetter Customer Success Architect

I went to school to be a documentary film maker, then fell into tech by volunteering at my local PBS/NPR station. I joined WGBH in Boston in their Fundraising Operations department where I worked as a coordinator, working on data entry and data hygiene, I progressed forward as I learned more about relational databases and other relevant technologies. I helped with a database migration to Salesforce and then began leading implementation teams for other Public Media stations. From there I transitioned into consulting work, specifically dedicated to nonprofit technology with an emphasis on Salesforce Implementations. I am not currently a Customer Success Architect with Salesforce.org and I help our enterprise level customers achieve maximum success on the Force.com platform. When I'm not working I love hanging out and playing with my two dogs and helping out the local animal shelter.

Abhimanyu Godara Founder/CEO of bottr.me

Abhimanyu is Founder & CEO at Bottr where he is trying to un-chain the world! He is among top 100 chatbot/AI thought leaders and avid crypto enthusiast. Invested and worked with 40+ product startups as VC, ex. Deloitte and KPMG strategy, Masters London School of Economics & B.Tech IIT

Adam Murray Director of Client Strategy (Lightbend), former VP Business (BoldRadius)

Adam Murray is Director of Client Strategy and Strategic Accounts with Lightbend, following their acquisition of his company, BoldRadius Solutions, a professional services firm in which he performed as VP Business. His prior experience with IBM and running his firms make him a good resource for you on subjects including strategy, sales, negotiation, leading teams, software process and handling conflict. Adam is optimistic and keeps close touch with his engineering background and creative interests, using evenings and weekends to code projects and render motion graphics when no one is watching.

Lisa Peacock Managing Director & Executive Creative Director at Designing North Studios

I began my career in web design, development and strategy in late '94 when me and my bartender/techie boyfriend started a small web design firm surfing the famous Wind n' Sea beach in La Jolla, California. No one knew what the World Wide Web was, yet. But before that, I was a painter, graphic artist, media designer, singer/songwriter, and social ecology undergrad. I started my first graphic design company whilst in college partnering with a well-known art professor from the University of Arizona. This is where I learned designers had to also be salespeople. I went on to land a spot on the Denny’s Restaurant account team at one of the top five international advertising agencies, DMB&B in Los Angeles (yes that was this account: Lenny's? Denny's!). Became a veteran of Ernst & Young’s Center for Technology Enablement inside their consulting practice, where I led a bicoastal team of designers and developers in the early days of the web space. I later co-founded a custom invitation design & lifestyle company in Santa Barbara, California, that engaged in the planning & brand development of large events and paper goods for exclusive clientele (Landon Donovan's wedding invitation was indeed delivered in a wooden box, revealing 'snow' upon opening, in Van Gogh's hand-written font). Founded a boutique design & consulting group delivering brand creative, corporate identity, and UI/UX design solutions for small to enterprise-wide projects with high-profile clients across a range of industries and called it {razpberrizoo}, inc. (yes, those curly brackets are indeed on the corporate stamp). And before co-founding and creating my current gig at Designing North Studios in 2012, I was responsible for the strategic direction & implementation of Stanford Law School’s online communication and branding initiatives under Dean Kramer (the now current president of the Hewlett Foundation); in charge of their public website, private social community, social media landscape, collaboration tools, and custom application development projects. --Whew.

Jeremy Leik I'm an IT Instructor by day and the CTO of a small IT company nights and weekends.

I started out as a computer enthusiast in the 1980's and was largely self taught in the beginning. I went to a community college after High School and worked through the majority of their Microcomputer Support Specialist program. Went back to school in 2004 at 30 years old and finished a BS in iT with a concentration in Networking. Completed a MS in IT in 2012 with a concentration in Information Assurance & Security. I have worked at a fortune 500 company as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer - testing internally developed software. I am currently working at a small vocational college teaching IT courses ranging from A+/Net+/Sec+ prep to Windows Server and Linux.

David Matheson front-end developer at IBM Watson Health

I'm a self-taught front-end developer with a background in art and design. I volunteer as a teacher through ScriptEd, a non-profit in NYC that teaches programming classes in under-resourced schools. I've volunteered at non-profits aimed at digital literacy, improving socio-economic inequality via tech, and helping people make a career change (Digi-Bridge, Charleston Digital Corridor, Communities in Schools). Before working on the web, I also worked as a teacher in the United States and abroad.

Conor Muirhead Designer at Basecamp

👋 It all started when I found someone willing to pay me $1,000 to make their (and my first) website! From there I quickly fell in love with the web and how fun it is to create things and then share them with the world online. Before long, I became more interested in making software than websites, so I shifted my focus to web-based software. After making a few web apps of my own, I convinced someone to hire me to work on theirs and I haven't looked back since! These days I work at Basecamp on our web-based app that helps folks run companies and teams calmly. I'm happy to talk about getting started in tech (particularly on the web), working on a product team, front-end development, and anything else to do with designing software that helps people make progress!

Audrey Yang Freelance UX researcher

After deciding not to be a mechanical engineer, Audrey joined Google in 2004 as an administrative assistant .While there she tried out a number of roles before discovering UX! She's worked on Google Apps, Sketchup, Maps, spent a year on assignment in Tokyo (working on Android, transit, and search results), and returned to California to work on Adwords Express, small and local business research, Google Offers, and Google Wallet. She's been freelancing for the past 4 years. Ask Audrey about transitioning to UX without a UX background, UX research, freelancing, international research, and anything having to do with the ocean.

Simon Keane Product Designer at Monzo Bank

Simon is designing the bank of the future at Monzo. Previously, he was freelancing at Google, helping developers build thriving businesses on the Google Play store. You can chat with Simon about building a career in the industry with no formal education or degree. Teaching yourself UX and visual design skills, building confidence, landing your first job in the industry and creating a portfolio that will stand out among the rest.

Stanley Idesis Enterprise Software and Marketing Consultant, I'm a Renaissance Human

My best friend taught me how to write software, and we both worked for Zynga, where I was assigned to Words with Friends. We left, then failed to get into Y-Combinator after a harrowing interview (https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-be-rejected-by-Y-Combinator/answer/Stanley-Idesis). Several years later, I advise and work with ed-tech and enterprise software companies. You can talk to me about literally anything. I'm particularly passionate about education, tech, product design, business, user experience, gaming, the singularity, singing, content marketing, the list goes on.

Shrey Gupta Product Manager at Google

Shrey is a PM at Google working on Search Ads Quality. Previously he worked as a Software Engineer at YouTube/Google for 4+ years. Within these roles, he has worked on Machine Learning & Large Scale Distributed Systems. Before working full-time, he completed his MS in CS at Stanford and did his undergrad studies at IIT in India.

Bernardo de Seabra Software Architect, Big Data @ Yahoo!

Bernardo de Seabra has been with Yahoo! since the acquisition of BrightRoll in 2015 where he is responsible for the architecture of data infrastructure (pipelines and warehouses) that provides advertising products with analytics and reporting capabilities. He also led the systems integration effort post BrightRoll acquisition. Bernardo joined BrightRoll in 2011 where he was responsible for the big data infrastructure (analytics, reporting, billing). He lead the effort of re-architecting the infrastructure to scale to ~20TB per day and ~50B transactions per day, as well as establishing a technology roadmap in support of the company’s vision and product roadmap. Bernardo was also key in defining and implementing processes and best practices across engineering through the different stages of BrightRoll’s growth. From 2009 to 2011, Bernardo lead the backend development for all mobile games at Playdom, which was later acquired by Walt Disney. At Portugal Ventures, Bernardo evaluates startups’ pitches to assess potential investments. He is also an investor and board member at boomApp.co, an AR startup. Bernardo mentors at 500 Startups and Portugal Ventures to help startups assess and tackle their technical challenges, align their technology with business priorities, find a balance between premature optimization and scalability bottlenecks, and establish a technical vision. He provides specific expertise relating to ad tech, big data, architecture, distributed and highly scalable systems, databases, infrastructure, engineering team structure/growth and lean/agile execution. Lastly, he provides introductions to investors and other industry experts where appropriate. Bernardo received his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and was the recipient of the PSP Pinto/Fialon Scholarship.

Grace Duong Freelance Designer, Founder of Mystic Mondays

I am a freelance multidisciplinary designer and art director based in Los Angeles. I have previously worked with brands like Sony, Fullscreen, Beats by Dre, Hyperloop TT, Nickelodeon, and more. I am passionate about creating with purpose and am constantly working on personal projects outside of client work. Most recently, I created Mystic Mondays - Tarot for the Modern Mystic. It was fully funded on Kickstarter, raising $26K, $10K over the funding goal.

Angus Woodman Co-founder of Crew (crew.co) and Unsplash (unsplash.com)

Angus Woodman is the (technical) co-founder of Crew and Unsplash. He has also worked on finance and data-mining startups, as well as being a tech consultant for larger companies. He has built product and engineering teams, and programmed in just about every web language. He's particularly interested in culture building, teaching, and the intersection of technology and business, having studied business and economics himself.

Tim Cheadle Senior Engineer at General Assembly

Tim is a senior software engineer at GA, a former SRE at Google, and has held various CTO and lead developer roles. He also owned a software consulting business for the last six years. You can talk to Tim about many aspects of engineering, management, remote work, and working at and for companies of various sizes. He is excited about helping people identify and pursue their values as well as nurturing a seed of confidence in themselves.

Manuj Aggarwal Technology Leader / Architect / Engineer

Manuj have been in the software industry since 1997. He has worked in various startups and larger corporations in multiple verticals like healthcare, eLearning, real estate, etc. He tries to bring the lessons learned in the enterprise to tech startups. Over the past two decades - he has been part of some cool and innovative products over the years. Some failed and some succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams. All those learnings are valuable, and he is eager to share and help wherever he can.

Brian Harniman Managing director of an advisory firm

founding/startup team at priceline. early employee at KAYAK. online marketing and business development in travel brands. Now run Brand New Matter, an advisory and venture capital firm in NYC.

Chris Winn CTO @ Creative Market

At Creative Market, I've built and continue to scale a team that includes managers, infrastructure, data science, and product engineering roles. I serve on our executive team and board of directors, helping to lead and grow the company. I love helping people meet new challenges. Talk to me about building teams and companies, hiring and interviewing, or management.

Chesley Andrews Senior Product Design Manager at Betterment

Chesley is a Senior Product Design Manager at Betterment. Prior to that she was a Product Designer and Product Design Manager at Etsy. And prior to that she was a freelance web designer and front-end developer. She considers herself an experience designer at heart. Chat with Chesley about all things design, getting into management, working at startups and rapidly scaling companies, being a woman in tech, navigating your career or really anything!

Matt Jankowski COO

I'm one of the founders of thoughtbot, a ~100 person software consulting business with a focus on the design and development of web and mobile applications. You can talk to me about starting or working at a creative agency or other business, client work best practices, mixing coffee with work, startups vs enterprises, killing it, crushing it, keeping it real, getting after it, sticking to it, and so on.

David Lee Seasoned IT Pro - Systems Admin, Global Management, M&A

With 7 years of Semi and Tech experience David has accomplished much in a short time. Designing and implementing system management technology, evaluating DR products and business continuity solutions to M&A activity at the global scale. His holistic approach optimized growth impact for the business and maintained a high level of customer service based upon his #1 Guiding Principle: Give more than you get. Since September of 2016, he has transferred his skills and hard work ethic to be a small business owner and content creator. You can trust that David will be your wingman if you're seeking a career in information technology - to follow your passion and live your D.R.E.A.M (Direct Reflection Expressing A Miracle).

Chris Montes Product Manager

Formerly launched Parade that brought video to greeting cards through a mobile app. Currently working in Pasadena, CA as a Product Manager on the SmartCompliance Platform team @ ADP owning two products that consist of an internal UI and Tax API's. (Back-End & Front-End). I work with 3 scrum teams that reside in both Pasadena and in India. Lets chat strategy! :)

Maitrik Patel User Experience Designer & Web Developer

I’m an UI / Front-end Developer and an UX enthusiast based in Bay Area, California. I stand on a sweet spot where design & code intersects. My comprehensive knowledge in design and technology allows me to cultivate productive teams in a synergic environment that meets the requirements of creative and developers concurrently. I work with the latest techniques in UI/ Front End Development along with agile workflow that results in simple, beautiful, intuitive and pixel perfect interface designs & products. I am currently working at DocuSign as Web Developer developing cross-platform compatible,responsive, modern, engaging and highly visible marketing web pages.

Patrick Lewis Sr. Product Designer @BuzzFeed

Patrick started two companies in school before dropping out and joining Techstars NYC. After Techstars he founded a small product design shop with clients like Aviary, Hailo, and Dash. In 2014, Patrick joined Button as employee #8 and Lead Designer. There he helped grow the organization to over 80 people and designed products used by Amazon, Apple, Walmart, and Uber. Recently he left Button to join the team at BuzzFeed where he's focused on designing the News. Patrick would love to chat about getting started as a designer, freelancing, being the first designer at a company, design management, designing two-sided marketplaces, and starting companies.

Dave Chan Senior Product Designer at Shutterstock Editor

Dave is a Senior Product Designer at Shutterstock on the Editor team. Trained as a graphic designer, he's worked at agencies such as TBWA, Agency.com (clients: eBay, Miller Lite and Kashi). Prior to making the transition into product design, he briefly designed apparel for Calvin Klein and DKNY. Dave has worked for the e-commerce company Borderfree Global E-commerce (now part of Pitney Bowes) and a few startups before joining Shutterstock. You can talk to Dave about many topics of design, the craft of making things, navigating the design/tech world as a minority, and mentorship.

Saul Fleischman CEO @RiteKit: a suite of four SaaS productivity tools

I bootstrapped Tagbag into RiteTag into RiteKit (a suite of four SaaS products for social media ROI) over the last five years. Still with the original co-founders, we have a team of over 25, an office in Prague, and doubled staff in the last year. You can ask Saul about getting into the best possible internship or job in a startup, as well as founding and building companies, bootstrapping vs. fundraising, product design, recruiting, and launching products.

Jean Hsu Eng Leadership coach

Jean is the co-founder of Co Leadership (coleadership.com) and an engineering leadership coach who is passionate about sharing her people-centric leadership style with teams from small start-ups to larger companies. Having worked at Google, Pulse and most recently at tech start-up Medium, Jean brings a wealth of experience in both engineering and coaching to help you get the best out of your engineering team beyond the immediate product cycle or feature release. You can talk with Jean about engineering management, product development, hiring, and startups.

Dan Betz Design Director at DonorsChoose.org

Dan Betz is a self-taught designer who started in a small agency, moved to a few start-ups, then used his experience to make an impact at a small non-profit with a great mission. You can talk to Dan about a career path in design without a design degree, getting hired in general, start-ups, non-profits, growing a design team, tips for hiring designers, or Michael J. Fox movies from the 80s.

Alessia Bellisario Engineer at Breather

Alessia Bellisario is a front-end engineer with full stack tendencies at Breather. Now in her fourth year with the company, she has led a number of projects on Breather's user-facing web platform, its internal administrative app and, most recently, its platform for landlords, Onsite. Before Breather, she spent time in the agency world with the firm Gale Partners and worked with early-stage startups in Toronto, including #paid and Line Six. You can talk with Alessia about startups, life as a bootcamp grad, JavaScript, React, and mentoring with nonprofits like ScriptEd and Technovation.

Achal Varma Product Designer at Spotify

Achal is a Product Designer at Spotify in NYC, where he works on a small team that focuses on prototyping and design tools. Before this, he interned at Spotify and also cut his teeth at frog Design and Creative Market. After a lot of meandering, he recently graduated with a degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Illinois. Achal really likes chatting about the intersection between computer science, design and psychology, but you can also talk to him about photography, student life, internships, and how weird it is to write about yourself in third person. Pretty much anything, really – I just like talking in general. Say hi if you think I can help!

Ramon Davila Digital Expert @ McKinsey & Company

Ramon Davila is a self-taught technologist with 20+ years of experience driving successful software delivery in organizations of different sizes and across multiple industries. He had worked in many roles in the software development industry. From hands-on web development to enterprise architecture and leading and coaching high-performance organizations that leverage Agile/Lean practices. He currently works as an Agile architect and coach where his focus is on guiding developments organizations in the implementation of Agile/Lean Principles in a way that is better suited to their unique need and constraints. Specialties: Expertise in all aspect of the SDLC from project inception to iterative delivery, continuous testing, configuration management and continuous delivery. You can talk to Ramon about Cloud-based SaaS systems, engineering practices, breaking into the software industry, all aspects of coaching organizations on the implementation and execution of agile and lean methodologies (Scrum, XP, Kanban, SAFe)

Phil Rhie Product Designer at Stem Disintermedia

Phil Rhie is a product designer at Stem Disintermedia (or Stem), a financial analytics and distribution tools startup for content creators in the streaming industry. Prior to Stem, Phil was an independent digital designer, responsible for everything from branding, marketing to product development and business strategy. Talk to Phil about building a career as an independent talent, startup aficionado, or corporate warrior.

Raphael Grignani Designer

I work on new products and new markets at Facebook and I'm also the co-owner of TourneurGoods. Previously, I lead the Growth and Monetization design teams at Pinterest, cofounded/CEOed Jauntful, and designed products and services for Nokia, Method, Google, Heath Ceramics, amongst others. I co-founded the IxDA Interaction Awards to document and celebrate contemporary design.

Jason Crawford Engineering Manager, Flexport

Jason is a dev manager at Flexport, one of the fastest-growing tech startups. Previously he was co-founder & CEO of Fieldbook, an early-stage startup (sold to Flexport in an acquihire). In the past he's been startup CTO, PM, and engineer. Cool things he's done include co-founding Kima Labs (sold to Groupon) and running the Landing Page Optimization team at Amazon. You might ask him about startups, technology, or general career advice.

Adam Saint Product Design at Quora

Adam Saint is a product designer by trade, and recently joined the team at Quora to work on a platform devoted to sharing knowledge and building a collective brain for our species. He was a cofounder at Bench.co and formerly led the design team there, helped grow and sustain the UX team at Shopify, and started his career as an interface designer at MetaLab. Adam tried a buffet of formal schooling (film school, computer science, philosophy, etc.) but never completed a degree. He has many opinions on both the utility and true value of education in our industry. You can ask Adam about product design (and the inevitable transformation the field is currently undergoing), systems thinking, design leadership, entrepreneurship/startups, mental health, and our professional responsibility to increase human flourishing.

Brandon Wood Senior Designer at Centene Corporation

Brandon Wood is a senior designer at Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company in the healthcare industry. Brandon has previously held design and marketing roles at small advertising agencies in the greater Boston area. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from Gordon College in Massachusetts. You can speak with Brandon about all mediums of design, as well as portfolios, networking, and working in ad agency and corporate settings.

Wesley Csendom A Product Manager

Hi, I'm Wesley Csendom 👋. I am a product manager. I build products, relationships and experiences with code, words, and media production. I am an enabling force for creatives who want to shape the world. I am passionate about exploring interaction and technology in a way that is tailored towards peoples needs. Currently: Product manager at for aTechnology and Design co. Previous: Product manager for a government R&D working on rapid prototyping of software and hardware projects involving 3-D printing, Computer Vision, and secured software development. For a great summation on who I am, please read this article: https://medium.com/@wcsendom/is-this-the-hill-you-want-to-die-on-or-starting-over-e7c2e1b3c3a4 and find me on twitter or instagram @wcsendom

Zainab Khan Freelance Digital Creative

Zainab Khan is a digital creative at JOINT London. Formerly, Zainab has gained experience in operations and marketing in the tech and creative industries across fashion (ADAY), fin-tech (Monzo) and FMCG brands. In her spare time, she create visual cultural stories under the project name #thirdcultureseries. You can talk with Zainab about many aspects of marketing, mentorship, storytelling, networking, culture, diversity and working in the startup and creative world.

Ryan Murphy Product Design at Fueled

I've worked at a startup, an agency and now a bigger established company. Working to get design at the centre of how the company moves forward. I started as an intern whilst studying at University. I've worked with TfL, News UK and many others. I know design for startups through to Enterprise clients, making beautiful, functional products.

Janine Yorio CEO/Co-Founder, StayAwhile

Janine built her career at the cutting edge of hospitality, first in private equity, where she worked with Ian Schrager's Morgans Hotel Group and then with Standard Hotels. More recently, she has co-founded two venture-backed startups in the hospitality space, including StayAwhile, a membership model for housing that combines accommodations with logistics services and allows people to live in multiple places without maintaining multiple residences. She can talk (for hours) about capital-raising and crossing over from bricks-and-mortar to the startup world. She graduated from Yale.

Akshay Pruthi Product Manager(ixigo), ex-ceo & founder, Reach App(acquired)

Akshay Pruthi enrolled at the Delhi University where he studied Instrumentation & Control Engineering. During the studies, he dared to experiment and start a venture to provide a platform for amateur artists. He sold his blood, invested $8000, generated $1800 in revenue when he realised he won't be able to scale this up. An year later, he came up with a pivot, a mobile app which lets you discover the content available on your friend's phone. He along with his co-founders raised about half a million $ from institutional VCs and angel investors. After 2 years of constant hustle, figured a product market fit issue with the product, & decided to return 50% of the investors money, at the same time, got an acquisition offer by ixigo- one of the largest meta travel companies in India. Currently, he is leading special projects here.

Dave Dawson Founder and Designer at Cottleston Pie, a digital design studio in NYC

I started my design studio, Cottleston Pie, in 2012 after leaving my job as Principal Designer at Blue State Digital in New York. I make websites and digital products for nonprofits, cultural institutions, and political campaigns. I started out in the industry as a front-end developer and eventually transitioned to focus on design. I'm currently on a year-long road trip, traveling the U.S.

Asya Bashina Growth Manager at productboard

Asya is currently working as a Growth Manager at productboard, an all-in-one product management software startup that allows your to capture deep user insights, prioritizes features and develop a cohesive product roadmap. She also serves as Venture Fellow for Triphammer Ventures, a venture fund part of Alumni Venture Group focused on investing in start-ups with Cornell founders. Previously, she has held positions in marketing and business development at both startup and enterprise companies such as SolidWorks, Neurala, and GrokStyle. She was an NSF Commercialization Fellow for a haptic-feedback technology emerging out of the Organic Robotics Lab at Cornell University. Asya received her MBA from Cornell University and her BA from Brandeis University. Outside of work, she advocates for women in technology and entrepreneurs serves as a mentor for #BUILTBYGIRLS at AOL, Brandeis Innovation Group and Lean In.

Jacob Ford Front-end Designer @ IB5k

Jacob graduated from NYU’s Gallatin school just two Mays ago, with a concentration in Ethics of Design, a concentration which he concocted. He’s now figuring out how to design interfaces for IB5k, and also helps curate a design museum in an elevator shaft called Mmuseumm. Talk to Jacob about not being an expert at something when you feel like you’re supposed to be.

Greg Christian Freelance Designer

Greg is the design team of 1 working with startups in NYC. Previously he was at Say as Design Lead and before that, Sr. Product Designer @ Acorns, a PayPal backed company. He also spent a year consulting @ Blast, gaming startup in SoCA. Before that, a couple years as an Art Director @ ENVOY. You can talk to Greg about Product Design, regular design, helping small teams, getting your foot in the door, design tools, working with engineers, finance - anything! 🍕🌴

Matthew Voshell Product Designer @ Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Matthew started out his career as a cyber solutions architect working for CACI and Booz Allen Hamilton w U.S. Intelligence and Defense agencies. He decided to pivot to User Experience design and has worked for companies like S&P Global, Citibank, and most recently Bank of America. Matthew is looking forward to discussing Enterprise Design, UI Design / Sketch, Ideation, Wireframing, Prototyping, Information Architecture, Contextual User Interviews / User Research, Requirements Analysis, Stakeholder Relationship Management, and Agile Methodologies

Misbah Ashraf Product & Growth Lead at Toymailco.com , YC W'16

Misbah Ashraf is a Product Growth Evangelist who is passionate about building products that users find delightful and scaling it without spending money. Currently, He is leading Product and Growth at Toymail backed by YC, Amazon and Shark Tank. Previously, he has grown products from whiteboard to 100k users in less than a month multiple times while working with startups in 3 different continents. You can talk to Misbah about design, community building, growth, product, impact, and storytelling.

Pete Hancock Former VP of Sales @ Yelp, currently on sabbatical

Pete was employee #20 at Yelp and over the past 10 years helped to build the company and Sales Org. You can chat with Pete about starting a career in Tech, scaling a company from 20 to 200 to 2,000, managing people & leading teams, working effectively cross-functionally and all aspects of developing a business model and communicating/selling to customers. He is currently taking a break from work and traveling around the world.

Vincent Sun I wear many 🧢

Founded 2 startups (healthcare & hardware marketplace), 1 in high school, the other in college. Managed hwstartup Slack with 1000+ hardware founders, hackers, investors, etc. Led an 800+ attendee annual tech expo at UC Berkeley called SEEDJAM. Worked at Alibaba Group (data viz), Massdrop (sales & growth), Seedchange (investing), Propel Venture Partners (vc), and The House Fund (vc). Currently doing Growth at Social Consumer Startup. Managing a tech entertainment Youtube channel. Working on a Cannabis project.

Monica Georgieff Agile Marketing Director @KanbanizeInc

Two years ago, I did a full 180 from the world of publishing and joined Kanbanize, a SaaS platform for visual Kanban project management, as the first member of the Marketing department. We haven't stopped growing and experimenting ever since. We learned a lot on the way and I love sharing it with others on a similar journey. I am the author of the eBook "Lean and Agile Marketing with Kanban" (https://kanbanize.com/lean-agile-marketing-ebook/) and an international speaker on Lean and Agile Marketing topics.

Joshua Sierles Developer, designer, copywriter and strategist at nextjournal.com

Joshua takes a holistic approach to tech work, taking the opportunity to work on anything from copy to design to programming. He now works on a modern scientific research platform at nextjournal.com and builds mobile apps in React Native. He's taken a radical path through tech, working from multiple countries in multiple languages, and has worked 100% remotely for the last 10 years from southern Spain. Previously, he worked as a security consultant, a sysadmin at companies like Basecamp and Engine Yard, built a free flamenco classes site (tomaflamenco.com), built some React Native apps and authored tutorials for Pluralsight. He's worked on numerous open source projects, and participated heavily in the Ruby on Rails and React Native communities. You can talk to Joshua about anything, such as : - experiences working with all kinds of companies, from Silicon Valley startups, to corporate tax firms to the Spanish government - managing life while working remotely and traveling extensively - learning new skills while on the job - building a reputation through open source

Ian Cox Product Designer @ Beyond

Ian Cox works in New York City as a product designer at a digital design and technology company called Beyond. He gives talks about design methodology and runs workshops teaching design tools like Sketch and Principle. On occasion, he does freelance as a web designer/developer building sites with Kirby CMS. Previously, Ian worked as a motion designer at PSYOP creating style frames and doing 2D animation in After Effects. He also worked at a branding agency with a focus on digital design for mobile and web. Prior to moving to New York, Ian studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Nat Welch Software Reconnaissance Engineer

Nat is currently the Lead Site Reliability Engineer at First Look Media. He has been a professional software person since 2005 and has worked at Hillary for America, Google, iFixit, Punchd and other places. He is also a writer and maintains a blog and is currently writing a book. He calls himself a Software Reconnaissance Engineer because he loves exploring systems and trying new things. He'll gladly talk about Site Reliability Engineering, Backend Engineering, Full Stack Engineering, DevOps, Open-Source, Distributed Systems, "The Cloud", infrastructure design, job hunting, side projects or his favorite coffee shops.

Alex Kehaya Founder

I'm the founder of ActionWins, a referral marketing software product that makes it super easy to add referral features to web and mobile apps. I'm a self taught full stack developer and an educator. I have 7 years of teaching experience and have taught every grade level k-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional development. I've worked with both startups and fortune 500s. If your interested in learning to code, SaaS, and entrepreneurship then I can help!

Elizabeth Gorn UX Designer

Elizabeth is a UX Designer at StreetEasy working within their industry sector. Before StreetEasy she spent 3 years at Beyond, an awesome digital agency doing UX work for a wide range of products.

Rutul Davé Cofounder & CTO at Maxwell

Rutul is an entrepreneur who loves making products and growing startups. These days he is building Maxwell, a company with a mission to empower mortgage lenders to be more connected, productive, and successful. Before Maxwell, he founded Bright Funds in 2012 with a mission to design experiences that unlock passion and capital from a new generation of donors focused on impact. Before creating Bright Funds, he worked in marketing, product design, and software engineering at various successful bay-area startups and venture-backed private companies including Coverity (acquired by Synopsys), Omneon (acquired by Harmonic), Topspin (acquired by Cisco) and Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco). He was on CauseArtist’s list of social entrepreneurs to watch for in 2014. He has also been an active voice on immigration reform in United States, and was featured in The Wall Street Journal and on a KRON news segment on on startup visas.

David Klein Designer at Salesforce

I attended Cornell University where I studied economics and computer science. My first job out of college was at a small startup in Palo Alto, CA named iControl Networks. I was mostly doing QA for a new home automation / home security product suite, but, over time, I transitioned into an interface designer. That is how my design career began. After successfully designing and launching several applications at iControl, I moved on to focus on communicating and presenting to clients at a company named Moovweb. Eventually I got the itch to join a small team again and build a new social network. After launching and learning a tremendous amount about user testing, I joined a startup that specializes in 3d photography and augmented reality. I also did a stint with several early iControl employees building the next generation of hardware beacons. Now I am a lead product designer at Salesforce focusing on the mobile application and platform.

Darin Dimitroff Product designer at Webflow

Darin Dimitroff is a technical product designer focused on front-end design systems. He’s currently working on the future of design tools at Webflow. Darin is a self-taught designer who used to work in advertising and branding before moving to product. In the last few years, he has done work for tech startups (mostly US based), publications and larger corporations. You can talk to Darin about designing design tools, running a small design business in Europe, the intersection of design and code, advocating the case for design systems, remote work and impostor syndrome.

Joshua Hynes Senior Product Designer @ Stack Overflow

I am a Senior Product Designer at Stack Overflow, where I've been for almost 5 years. I was the second designer to join the team and have helped grow the team to 11 people today. Prior to Stack Overflow, I worked as a Design Lead for a startup and 7 years at a creative, digital agency. At that agency I was a Senior Experience Designer and Senior Art Director. I worked on everything from branding to campaigns to websites to iOS applications. I worked with brands such as Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Armstrong Floors & Ceilings, Adaptive Path, Hoover Vacuums, and Get Satisfaction. I've been working full-time as a designer for 15 years, though I've been working in some way with websites since 1996. I graduated with a degree in Multimedia Technologies.

Ray Lin Product Designer @ Blend

Ray Lin is a product designer currently working at Blend. He has previously worked at Workday, Platfora (acquired by Workday), Electronic Arts, and Adobe. Before that he studied Computational Biology and HCI (Masters) at Carnegie Mellon University. Having started out as a front-end developer, Ray's experience bridges software development and product design. He has coordinated engineering delivery as a scrum master and led design projects. He has worked in the fields of gaming, analytics, and more recently, fintech. You can talk to Ray about many aspects of engineering, design, mentoring, and working in startups as well as large companies.

Gordon Tindall Product Design Lead at Kamcord

At Kamcord designed a live streaming service targeted at the mobile game market. Monetized live streams through virtual goods before "bits" on twitch were a thing. Currently helping people share their mobile life 15sec at a time. Formerly worked as a self-taught, solo product designer on two Q&A platforms: Trippy and Women.com; appraised hundred of millions in fine art; and ran a wholesale produce company.

Rocio Lopez Product Designer @ SumoLogic

Rocio is a member of the Sumo Logic design dream team where she helps create analytics tools that help Engineers troubleshoot their apps. Currently, she specializes on prototyping and scaling the function to help the team get their ideas out the door more quickly. When she's not prototyping she's pondering data design challenges -- what can we do to push the boundaries of visualization. Before Sumo Logic she worked on enterprise products and lived on the edge freelancing.

Eric Elliott Senior JavaScript Developer/Architect

Eric Elliott is the author of “Programming JavaScript Applications” (O’Reilly), and cofounder of DevAnywhere.io. He has contributed to software experiences for Adobe Systems, Zumba Fitness, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, BBC, and top recording artists including Usher, Frank Ocean, Metallica, and many more. He works anywhere he wants with the most beautiful woman in the world. You can talk with Eric about JavaScript. You'll meet by Zoom and he'll send you the link.

Anjali Menon Head of Growth

Anjali Menon is the Head of Growth for YC startup called Magic. We went viral 2 years ago and since then have been focused on building a sustainable business. Previously, she worked at Twitter as a PM and TaskRabbit as an Operations lead where she launched the TaskRabbit Elite. You can talk to Anjali about growth, operations, networking, or travel :)

Abdus Salam Product Designer

Self-taught Product Designer with a background in Telecommunication Engineering; quit my Engineering job and moved into design, and have worked in diverse industries including education, health, media, SaaS and non-profits, with environments ranging from tiny startups to Fortune 500 companies. I currently lead the web and Advanced Platform Product Design at TV Guide, a premium brand part of CBS Interactive, serving millions of users globally.

Niftylettuce CTO

Node.js Full Stack Developer

Leander Lenzing Product Designer @mytaxi

I am a Product Designer at mytaxi, formerly car2go & Familonet, based in Hamburg, Germany. I am a lover of grids, good coffee, scandinavian design, pencils, matt black things, bright rooms, drums, walking & creating. I really love what I do.

Meg M. Escobar People Operations, Women in Tech, Office Ninja

With a passion for cultivating culture and driving unique employee experiences, Meg is an Office Ninja with over a decade of experience in executive operations, office management, and event planning. In addition to being an office guru, she is an entrepreneurially minded Bay Area native, travel enthusiast, and crazy cat lady. She has an affinity for building relationships and has made it her life mission to empower and help everyone reach their full potential. Currently, she is the Head of People Operations at Pillow Global, Founder of Nesting Ninja, an Office Ninja Ambassador, and Founding Member of TechLadies.

Nik Laufer-Edel Product Manager at Lyft

Product Manager for the passenger experience at Lyft. Formerly product at Udemy, the largest online learning marketplace. Taught and developed the curriculum at Product School. Customer focused with background in design and research.

Christine Røde Senior Product Designer at Deliveroo

Formerly, Christine was a Product Designer at Facebook, where she helped build Facebook Search and Facebook Workplace. Originally from Norway, she's lived and worked in 4 different countries. You can talk to Christine about Product Design, Visual Design, Prototyping, being a woman in tech, navigating corporate politics, transitioning from Graphic Design to Product Design, US visa anxiety, and dealing with impostor syndrome and anxiety.

Jeannie Huang Senior Product Designer @ Adobe (Behance)

Jeannie is a designer at Adobe, working on Behance. Before Adobe, Jeannie was a self-taught designer and has worked at all sizes of companies, from small 5 person startups to large ad buying agencies. Talk to her about transitioning into the design industry without a design degree, prepping your portfolio and interviews, diversity/working as a woman in the tech industry, and finding your dream job.

Abhishek Gupta Chief Product Officer, Slant. Former Design Director, Lumosity

Since 2015 I've helped mentor several people looking to kickstart their careers in design. Through these experiences I've evolved the way I help people as well. As part of my 2018 goals, I am looking to help more people become better designers. A few articles I've written that may be helpful to you- 3 areas of focus if you’re looking for a job as an Associate UX Designer https://medium.com/@uxabhishek/3-areas-of-focus-if-youre-looking-for-a-job-as-an-associate-ux-designer-in-2017-60e50e196c34#.cviqbwgk7 My 13 guiding principles for life https://medium.com/moments-of-clarity-are-only-so-many/my-guiding-principles-3b51c63bf05f#.fsj42tph9 In the past, I have worked at Lumosity as a Design Director. I worked closely with the Head of product to define our product strategy and lead a team of Researchers and Designers. Before that I've worked as a Sr. UX Designer at startups like Knowmore (news aggregator) and Openstudy (homework help from students and moderators). I also advise startups on their design strategy (Zlott, Wildcard)

Shanaz Chowdhery All things education, equality, and tech.

In March 2014, I quit my Master's program in Education at Johns Hopkins, left the Teach for America corps, dropped out of my teaching certification program, and resigned from my position as a 5th grade math teacher to work for General Assembly. Three years and two promotions later, I became the Regional Director for General Assembly, DC where I strategized for scale and expansion while overseeing daily operations, including marketing, admissions, classroom experience, instructional quality, and student outcomes. I occasionally taught workshops on productivity, coding, and negotiating, too. Prior to becoming the Regional Director, I worked as an Admissions Producer and Admissions Manager and obsessed over building empathetic consultative sales teams, optimizing sales funnels, and finding sales operations efficiencies. Today, I'm an executive team member at Vemo Education, where I serve on the executive team and work with non-traditional education institutions to develop and oversee ISA programs that help increase enrollment, equalize access to education, and align incentives between schools and students. I'd love to talk about any of the above, productivity, efficiency, game theory, and more.

Yazin Alirhayim Founder

After graduating with a Computer Engineering degree (Summa Cum Laude), Yazin worked at GE for 5 years (Field Engineer, then Quality Leader and Global Finance Leader). He then quit to work on an online payments startup called White Payments (acquired by Amazon's Souq.com 18 months ago). He's now CEO at Verify Payments, a payment solution that lets you pay for things with your bank account.

Jake Araullo Researcher, Special Projects @ SafetyCulture

Jake works at a fast-growing startup called SafetyCulture, making the most used inspection app in the world. Jake researches both UX and future projects (R&D). Jake loves to talk about UX, design, working in cross-disciplinary teams, safety, delivering work and research to different types of people, coffee, distributed teams, the future of tech and anything else in between!

Eric Hoekendorf Designer & Co-Founder at Foyyay, Inc.

Eric uses design and technology to meet needs. He's spent well over a decade nudging pixels, crafting unique experiences, directing product, and building teams. He imagines and organizes everything with a focus on emotion informed by data — drawing inspiration from the balance found in music between theory and feeling. He has product leadership and customer-focused design experience, as well as digital branding, agency-based client relationships.

Mikayla Hutchinson VS for Mac & Xamarin PM at Microsoft

Mikayla Hutchinson is a program manager working on Visual Studio for Mac and Xamarin at Microsoft, and has been working on developer tools and runtimes for over a decade. She's happy to talk about about developer tools, switching careers from engineering to PM, being trans in the software industry, working in a startup from founding to acquisition, avoiding burnout, game development tools and engines, speaking at conferences, the importance of diversity and role models, and much more.

Goutam Dey VP Technology

I started my career in IT in 1992 moved to web tech in 1998 and since working on it as my day job.

Éléonore Jarry-Ferron Venture Capital Investor

Accountant turned VC. I previously worked at EY, and ran away from the accounting world when I discovered startups and VC. For the past year and a half, I've been working as an Associate at Brightspark Ventures. Brightspark is one of Canada’s top performing Venture Capital firms, investing in exceptional entrepreneurs and returning unprecedented returns to investors since 1999. Our current portfolio includes Hopper, Hubba, Wysdom.AI and many more. I'm also the co-founder of Front Row Ventures, Canada’s 1st student-run venture fund, and I'm involved in many initiatives around women in tech such as Technovation.

JJ Moi Interdisciplinary Designer

Principal designer at Tachyus from San Francisco via Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. Previously at 18F and OpenGov. and has worked with companies like Google, Coke, and Toyota. He is happy to talk about anything design related, — UX, side projects, typography, working for the government vs startups, anything really.

Stephen Silber Senior iOS Developer

I have a background in Computer Science and have been working on iOS apps for over 5 years. I've worked at larger companies (Amazon), medium sized companies (Savant Systems home automation), and a handful of startups, including one I cofounded and the one I'm working at now. I spent a year traveling and working remotely on the first ever trip for Remote Year (remoteyear.com), where I spent 6 months working for someone else, and the other 6 months working on my own company with 2 other cofounders. I consider myself more of a product and design focused engineer than a systems engineer, but have worked on all parts of the stack.

Alicia Hurst Product Manager

After winning a startup hackathon in as a product leader, Alicia got the guts to dive head first into her first product management role at a startup called PowerToFly. Prior to that, she was a freelance web designer and front end developer for many years, helping fledgling companies launch their web presence. She is self-taught in UX, design, HTML, CSS/Sass, WordPress, SQL, and many other things. You can talk with Alicia about product management, web development, mentorship, startups, and working remotely.

Francesca Krihely Developer Relations and Marketing

I've worked at MongoDB since 2011, when the company was about 50 people, and saw the tiny open source startup evolve into a billion dollar company. When I started, I was new to technology, didn't know anything about marketing and didn't know much about developers. Over the course of the past few years I've become an expert on building developer relations programs, running developer conferences and marketing to developers. I now run Account Based Marketing programs, launched our first program to support startups running on MongoDB and coordinate Enterprise and SaaS marketing efforts.

Jon Rundle Product Designer at Envoy

Jon Rundle is a product designer at Envoy (http://envoy.com) in SF, currently living in Ontario, Canada and working remote. Jon previously co-founded a mobile app design and development agency (http://trebleapps.co) and worked as the lead designer at a local web agency (http://res.im). You can talk to Jon about many aspects of product design, mobile app design, prototyping, collaborating with engineers and working remote.

Vlad Georgescu Director of Design at Directly

Vlad helps design and define Directly's enterprise product that's being used by companies like Airbnb, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and others. Talk to Vlad about product design, design leadership, or the nomadic lifestyle.

Alex Tsai Product Development Lead @ PolicyStat

Alex Tsai is currently a Product Development Lead at PolicyStat (recently acquired by iContracts,) working remotely from Vancouver, BC. Alex is a product-minded developer with personal interests in helping students transition to working life in tech. Alex comes from a traditional Comp Sci degree background. Currently, he is working with designers on a full front end overhaul of the product, creating a new design system and rebuilding everything in React. Previously, he worked for a local company in Vancouver for many years, going from technical sales, to product analysis and then eventually becoming a developer to that. Prior to that, he also was at BlackBerry for the release of the first iPhone and Android. We all know how that worked out. :) Some of Alex's favourite topics are mentoring, skill acquisition, working remotely as a developer, and interviewing.

Matthew Paul Software Product Designer at IBM

Matthew Paul is a designer with a focus on software products, design systems, interaction design, and prototyping. He works with researchers, engineers, and product managers to create digital experiences that meet both human needs and business goals. He currently works at IBM, in Austin, on a product team and also operate as one half of the IBM Make Lab. You can talk with Matthew about being an individual contributor, design leadership, mental health, product thinking, coding, design facilitation, and working on enterprise software.

Cat Macaulay Head User Research & Service Design, Scottish Government

I'm a design ethnographer and user researcher currently working in government. I've spent most of my working life trying to make it easier for the people who have a problem that needs solved take part in solving it. Worked in business, community projects, international relief and academia. Now leading the development of the user research and service design profession in the Scottish Government. Our team's mission is to make sure that no public service is designed without service users being involved in defining the problem (design the right thing) and building the solution (design the thing right). Happy talking about user research, ethnography, service design and working in government. Also as a disabled woman and a lesbian happy to to talk about the issues we can face in the workplace. I passionately believe workplaces should be diverse and inclusive because it's the right thing to do and because it's better for the work!

Julia DeBari Design Educator

I have over 17 years of experience working in the industry and I have worked at startups, enterprises, agencies, an in-house designer, as well as a freelancer. I am self-taught in UX, but I regularly go to meetups, conferences, take courses, and go to networking events. I run 2 UX Meetups in San Francisco.

Aayush Iyer Senior Product Designer at Twilio

Aayush is an experienced designer and front-end developer who approaches products from a growth perspective. His interdisciplinary approach is informed by his past experience as a journalist, copywriter, product manager, and creative director.

Beto Espitia Principal Designer, User Experience & User Interface

Beto Espitia is a Digital Brand Strategist and Design Lead based out of the the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 18 years of professional experience he’s been integral in marketing and product initiative from startups to global companies on all digital platforms. Beto currently serves as principal designer for the Brand and Creative team at Nuance Communications where he’s responsible for marketing and product portfolio efforts. Previously, he served as Global Senior Art Director for Hewlett-Packard’s User Experience Team. In addition, Beto has deep agency experience working on noteable global brands including, but not limited to, Stanford University, Autodesk, SAP, eBay, California Lottery, Clorox, and Wells Fargo. https://twitter.com/betoinbeta https://www.linkedin.com/in/betoespitia https://calendly.com/betoinbeta

Nadia Barbosa Developer Support at Mapbox

Nadia Barbosa works on developer support at Mapbox. Previously, she worked at an environmental nonprofit while pursuing graduate study in Geographic Information Science. You can talk to Nadia about code schools, working at a startup, getting your bearings as a new developer, and communicating with others in the technical world.

Carolina Castellanos Product Designer

Carolina (has blue hair) is a product designer at Vineti. Formerly, Carolina was a visual designer at Franklin Templeton Investments and has worked as branding and packaging designer for pet treat products. You can talk to her about job interview process, breaking into product design role from a different background, being a product designer at an enterprise company, design sprints, color theory, being an immigrant, and hair color.

Daina Lightfoot Senior Brand Designer @ Mesosphere

I began my career as a Junior Designer for Disney Online Studios Canada which to begin with was an amazing experience. I later moved on to Tiny Speck (the company behind Slack), Hootsuite (we grew from 40 > 1,200 people in 3.5 years and I grew from a junior designer to the Design Lead) and later moved to San Francisco to work at Optimizely, Dropbox, ZOZI (a small acquired startup) and am currently a Senior Designer at Mesosphere. Women in Tech, Design, Marketing, Managing, Startups, Portfolios, Career Growth, Interviewing

Siddharth Jaiswal Launch and Growth Marketing for Startups

Siddharth is a Product Marketer experienced in SaaS and Consumer Web Products. He worked for Hiree.com until September 2016 (2 Years) as their Marketing and Business Intelligence guy. Has helped entrepreneurs shape their product, LAUNCH and GROW.

Nick Hoh Head of Product Design at Asurion

Nick Hoh has been a designer for 20 years working in banking, brokerage, enterprise, fantasy sports, health, insurance and retail industries to name a few. Nick has been the only designer at a 10 person startup to a director at the Fortune 1 company. Nick currently leads the product design team at Asurion. Nick has helped people get into design from other disciplines, grow designers, help individual contributors transition to people managers amongst other things. He loves helping others out as he has received a lot of help himself over the years and so paying it forward is something he's keenly interested in.

Justin Johnson Product Manager @ Keen IO

Justin got started in tech via software sales and soon after became obsessed with startups. After learning to code he started a company called Late Labs to connect developers to entrepreneurs to work for small sums of equity. He sunset that and joined Keen IO as the 7th employee and has helped build the business to support thousands of customers data analytics needs. You can talk to Justin about community building, growth, product, silicon valley culture, dyslexia and storytelling.

Chris Reade Partner Technology Manager, Actions on Google

Chris works for the Actions on Google platform helping run operations for developer support and the action review process. Before that, he was a 2015 Code for America Fellow in the city of Indianapolis where his team built a public-facing website for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Use of Force and Citizen Complaint data. His first tech job was as a consultant helping big companies make better software and make software better. Chris began programming in college, where he majored in Public Policy, as an agent based modeling developer for meme and flu research.

Maya Benari Front-end designer at 18F (GSA)

Maya Benari is a designer and front-end developer who's passionate about making the world a better place through technology and design. She works at 18F where she helped build a design system for the U.S. government. Formerly at Code for America. Talk to her about design systems, accessibility, user-centered design, design for social good, and working your way up in a design career.

Victor Wu Product Manager @ GitLab

Victor Wu is currently a product manager at GitLab, a software collaboration tools startup. He has worked in foodtech (Grubhub), fintech (Enova, BMO Harris Bank), mobile communications (Bytemobile), and software consulting. You can talk to him about product management, data science, software engineering, startups, and remote work. Victor has a PhD in electrical engineering (University of Illinois). So you can also ask him about academia/research versus the business world.

Kevin David Crowe Product Designer @kevindavidcrowe

Digital Product Designer working the last decade in the startup space. NYC. Currently freelancing while traveling Europe. Fundera / GroupMe / CollegeHumor / BustedTees / Vimeo. I also specialize in Art Direction, Brand Identity and Illustration. I attended School of Visual Arts.

Avneesh Kohli Senior Product Manager at Foursquare

Hi! I'm currently a Product Manager at Foursquare, where I run the team that builds Swarm. Previously, I worked at Microsoft for 3.5 years, where I helped build the first versions of OneNote for iOS and Mac, and then Outlook for iOS and Android. I studied Computer Science during college at UC Berkeley. I love chatting about about product management, design, how technology impacts society, having a big impact while keeping a low profile, and sports.

Igor Boshoer Co-founder, Linum.io / Film & VR Technologist

Igor Boshoer is a versatile, creative VFX and VR technologist and innovator with feature film credits including The Revenant and The Wolf of Wall Street. His extensive experience building studio technology inspired his company, Linum.io, which has the world’s first cloud-based collection of content creation technology. It aims to reshape current practices in Film, Animation, and VR production to create a next generation studio platform.

Robleh Jama Senior product manager @ Shopify

Robleh Jama is a Senior Product Manager at Shopify, a commerce platform for entrepreneurs, built by entrepreneurs. Previously, Robleh founded an award-winning mobile product studio called Tiny Hearts that was acquired in 2016 by Shopify. At Tiny Hearts, Robleh launched several highly regarded apps including Next Keyboard (#2 overall), Quick Fit (featured in an Apple commercial, #1 Health), Wake Alarm (#1 Utilities) and Pocket Zoo (#1 Education). These apps have been downloaded over 6 million times and have appeared in the New York Times and Wired Magazine.

Evan Knight Interaction Designer @ Google

Evan Knight is an Interaction Designer at Google in Boulder, CO. Before Google, Evan founded Yodel, and was a Product Designer at GrubHub. He focused on HCI Design at Cornell. You can chat with Evan about the design process, building products, founding a startup, working at a big company, staying sane while making design decisions, tools/workflow, and interviewing.

Marcin Wichary Designer/typographer/writer

Marcin grew up in Poland, and lived in a few countries in Europe before moving to America. He has education both in computer science and human-computer interaction. He worked at Google (internal tools, search, Chrome, interactive doodles), Code for America (criminal justice, participatory street design), and Medium (design, typography, engineering, internationalization, platform design, company culture). He used to work at a computer games magazine before all that, and he does random creative projects time and again. He’s been writing and giving public talks, too. He’d love to talk to you about any of those previous sentences. :·)

Ashley Golen Johnston Lead Product Designer, Watson Discovery Service

Ashley is a product designer with a passion for learning and collaboration, with over 8 years of experience leading cross disciplinary teams to define strategic vision and execute the delivery of successful and innovative software applications. For the first 6 years of her career she led a team of designers at Branding Brand, a startup mobile commerce agency in Pittsburgh, PA to design mobile sites and native apps for some of the world's top retailers. Today she is solving complex problems and designing user centric experiences for the artificial intelligence space with IBM Watson. You can talk to Ashley about anything from startup culture to corporate culture, transitioning from designing for consumers to designing cognitive systems, or being a female leader in tech.

Daniel Lee Product Designer

After getting a B.S. in Bioengineering, I was working as an engineer, designing medical devices. I was also doing wedding videography, which got me interested in creative work. This eventually led me to pursue UX/UI because I could solve problems for digital products. I had many doubts of becoming a designer, especially because I didn't have the traditional design background, but after going through a design bootcamp and building up a portfolio with actual clients, I'm now working as a designer. My other interests are bouldering, coffee and film photography! You can check out my Instagram (@shldrss)

Chris Hendel Product Manager @ Athos

Currently, Chris is a Product Manager at Athos, leading product and design teams to build sports performance software and hardware products. Formerly, Chris was the Special Projects Lead at Pebble. Chris worked as both a Software Engineer and Product Manager building Pebble Core, Pebble Concierge, and running Pebble's latest Kickstarter, raising over $12 million. You can talk to Chris about product management, software engineering, product design, working at startups, and failure.

Levi Bostian Founder, freelancer, indie Android & iOS developer

Hello, I'm Levi. I'm a startup founder and Android/iOS app developer. I am born and raised in the Midwest of the United States (specifically Iowa). I am a freelancer, indie app developer, environmentalist, minimalist, rock climber, outdoors lover. I have built mobile apps for large companies such as Google, Salesforce, and Jack Henry as well as a dozen startups around the United States. As a startup founder, mentor, and freelancer working with startups, I love talking about bootstrapping, building a MVP, User Experience, and anything mobile apps related. I can talk very technical but also explain tech from a 5th grader perspective. There is no such thing as a dumb question.

Thomson Nguyen Entrepreneur in Residence, Kleiner Perkins

Thomson Nguyen is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Kleiner Perkins, focusing on Fintech and applied ML. Previously he was the Head of Data Science at Square Capital. He was also the Founder/CEO of Framed Data, a SaaS startup working on marketing automation and customer churn detection (acquired by Square in 2016). He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences at NYU, where his research is in malicious behavior and parallelized decision trees. You can talk to Thomson about working in startups, building a product from scratch, machine learning, startup fundraising, and how to get started in the tech industry.

Dan Driscoll Product Manager at HomeAway

Dan Driscoll is an Austin, TX-based entrepreneur and digital technologist. Technology startups counting him as a co-founder include: * reQwip.com, a local peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling sports gear * Prepify.me, an edtech startup offering free SAT and ACT prep online In 2015, Built In Austin included him on its list "50 Austin tech CEOs, founders, designers & hackers you should follow on Twitter." Prior to moving to Austin, Dan co-founded and directed City FC, an urban outreach nonprofit providing academic and soccer coaching to youth in Washington, DC. He has also worked for Expedia, Inc., EnviroMedia, The University of Texas, Universal Sports and NBCOlympics.com’s Emmy Award-winning team covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His writing, work and insights have been featured in publications such as The Economist, VentureBeat, Poets & Quants, Universal Sports, NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com, Austin Monthly, Bicycling Magazine, The Austin Statesman, The Los Angeles Times, Built In Austin, various local TV news segments and more. Dan received MBA and MA in Communication degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as BA degrees in Environmental Analysis and Politics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. In his spare time, Dan volunteers with organizations such as StartOut and shares bits of nonsense at Medium.com/@dbdriscoll and Twitter.com/dbdriscoll.

Daniel Ritzenthaler Designer

Daniel Ritzenthaler is a product designer at Iora Health. Before coming to Iora, Dan spent 6 months exploring starting his own software company. He was the second design hire for HubSpot and helped build a large design team up through the company going public. He also spent several years as design freelancer for startups around Boston. Finally, before digging into the startup scene he owned a small design agency that worked for companies like Microsoft and Motorola. A few little highlights along the way: he wrote an article for A List Apart and a chapter of Intercom's ebook on Jobs-to-be-done.

Ben Sheldon Software Engineer and Small Business Owner

I served in AmeriCorps (domestic PeaceCorps) working in anti-poverty nonprofits and then spent 5 years running an AmeriCorp program focused on building media and technology capacity in underserved communities. After that, I transitioned to being a full-time software engineer and then an engineering manager. I'm currently working for Code for America where I use digital technology to help people receive Food Stamps. I've also been running my own online small business for the past 7 years.

Daryl Chymko Software Developer (Freelance)

I'm a web developer with a passion for social impact. My work has mainly been as an independent freelancer but I've also worked for startups and large consulting companies. My engineering experience is primarily in the backend, database and DevOps side of things, but I dabble in other areas of the stack too. I'm located in Western Canada and have designed a flexible work-life balance that allows me to pursue a life filled with adventure and travel.

Ron Bronson Product & UX Strategy

Ron Bronson is the author of "Web Management for Regular People," a frequent speaker at UX & design conferences around the globe. He currently works for 18F, a design consultancy inside the federal government. Previously, he's led teams and shipped digital products for a host of complex, late-adopter institutions like higher education, state and local governments. He launched Aggregate Conference & Indianapolis Design Week, and designed an actual sport (Tennis Polo.) Ron splits his time between Indianapolis and Los Angeles. You can talk with Ron about working in tech outside of startup hubs; how to market your skill set; positioning yourself; existential questions about being a late-bloomer, or to discuss his obsession with Finnish baseball.

Nathan Bashaw Co-Founder of Hardbound

I co-created Product Hunt, worked at General Assembly as a PM on a lot of fun products (most notably Dash.ga.co), and now am the CEO and co-founder of Hardbound. We're creating a new medium for visual storytelling. I love talking through startup ideas, product designs, and the future of media.

Amandeep Khurana Co-founder, CEO

Amandeep is the CEO of Cerebro Data, a company in the enterprise data analytics and security space that he co-founded in 2016. Formerly, he was one of the Principal Architects at Cloudera and worked with large customers on their data strategy. Prior to that, Amandeep did engineering at AWS. Amandeep has also co-authored a book on large scale systems, HBase in Action.

Muhammad Elmelegy Senior Product Designer @ Zalando

Muhammad has been designing digital products for more than 7 years across 3 continents. From Cairo to Toronto to San Fran to Berlin. Formerly Senior Product Designer at Circletie, Product Design Lead for Instaradio and Lead Designer at Storenvy. At the moment he's building digital fashion experience at Zalando in Berlin. You can talk to Muhammad about many aspects of design, designing for mobile, prototyping and working in the startup world vs working in the corporate world.

Jess Chen Product Designer at Facebook

Halfway through her study in industrial design, Jess discovered that what she loves about design is solving problems that will better her community. Since that discovery, Jess has worked to shape her career around problems and products she believes will make a positive impact on the world. For the last 3 years, Jess was a product designer at eero and watched it grow from 19 people in a small studio space to a company of 170+. She recently decided to pursue a new adventure as product designer at Facebook. You can talk to Jess about what it's like to transition from industrial design into software product design, working at a fast growing company, and the challenges of being the first designer on a growing team.

Sandra Macias Product Manager at Franpos

Product Manager at Franpos, a Point of Sale platform for Franchises. Previously Head of Design at Hackers/Founders, a Co-op program for early stage startups. In the past, she co-founded a Mobile Development Studio with Motorola and Google as her primary clients. This relationship allowed her to serve as Google's chief reviewer for selecting featured apps for the Google Play Store. You can talk with Sandra about job searching, design process, collaboration with agile teams, tech communities, and ergonomics.

Amanda Conrad Director, Product Management

Amanda Conrad leads some of true[X]'s largest initiatives and is an integral part of truly innovative work in the realm of monetizing content for some of the country's largest digital media companies. Amanda enjoys working on diverse teams and solving complex market problems. With a long background in product design, she specializes in smart, clean, and usable interface and believes technology should help us work smarter, not harder.

Megan Conyers Growth + Impact Strategist

Previously, Megan worked in national nonprofit organizations building communities and became hooked to the concept of making a measurable impact in people’s lives. She’s consulted with entrepreneurs and companies from across the US, Europe, and LatAm to help them validate ideas and launch in often complex markets. You can talk to Megan about starting up, taking a non-technical role in a tech company, defining your target market, innovating in your existing company, or creating (and measuring) social impact.

Mark Hall Sales Manager @ Google

Mark Hall is a technology leader with experience in sales processes, cloud computing and growing sales in startup landscapes. Currently, Mark serves a sales manager within Google's Cloud division. Prior to Google, Mark worked in technology companies doing sales, marketing and communications. He has contributed to industry publications including Forbes, The Huffington Post, Business Insider and others.

Lara Kirby Pardo Product Designer | Design Lead at Appriss

Lara Kirby Pardo is a Product Designer with a background in Anthropology and Art. She is currently Design Lead (and the 1st UX Designer) at Appriss, focusing on products that help people who have been affected by crime and violence. She also leads weekly Group Critiques with students in Designlab's UX Academy. Previously, Lara worked as a Product Designer at Humana's Digital Experience Center, the innovation hub for new healthcare apps at Humana. Prior to her work in tech, she worked in academia as a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at institutions including Brown, Vanderbilt, and the Smithsonian, where her research focused on contemporary art and Latin American and Caribbean migration. Fairly new to full time work in tech herself, she's happy to talk about learning about UX Design, career transitions, salary negotiation, working on cross-functional teams effectively, and general topics of research and design.

Holly Marie Gibbs Product/UX Designer

Holly Gibbs is a Product Designer at SurveyMonkey, where she works on the personalization, users and collaboration teams. She researches user flows and design patterns, helps to architect the SurveyMonkey product experience, performs user experience and interface testing, designs new features and in-product experiences and works to further develop the visual identity of the SurveyMonkey in-product experience. Throughout her career she has worked both in client services and as an in-house creative. Before joining the SurveyMonkey team in March 2017, she was a Senior Web Designer at University of Florida Health, a nonprofit academic health center that encompasses a group made of hospitals, physician practices, colleges, centers, institutes, programs and services mainly in Florida. Previous to UF Health, she worked as a Visual Designer at Mobiquity, a client-services company that specializes in app design and development. Her primary role there was as an Interface Designer, and within that role she grew to lead the design organization in Material Design education, led initiatives to bridge the workflow gap between designers and developers at the company, as well as helped to foster a community within the development organization of the widely dispersed workforce. She created user flows, performed user experience research and testing, developed acceptance criteria for the QA team, worked with server architects to define server calls, and worked directly with clients to strategize and iterate on design solutions. She has created digital experiences for clients like Reebok, The Weather Channel, Zumba, CVS Health, Under Armour, Weight Watchers, and Johnson & Johnson. She has also helped small business owners and social media personalities, professionals and creatives like Liz Meghan, Victoria Sanchez-Lincoln and Leila Dylla to get their work and businesses online. She's worked with startups (Feathr, Starter Space, Roomsync, Verigo and others) and small companies and has consulted on how to implement design ideas, leverage social media in genuine, interesting, and engaging ways, and establish design culture.

Clinton Halpin Tech & Design Lead

Clinton Halpin is an experienced Technology and Design lead currently working in cryptocurrency. Formerly, Clint was a Tech Lead at QuoteCatalog.com, a Senior UX Designer at Salesforce, and a Graphic Design student at Pratt Institute. You can talk with Clint about careers that blend design and engineering, tech leadership and tips for being a great junior developer. Clint can also talk your head off about front end engineering.

Tim Cruickshank Product Designer

I'm a Senior Product Designer at ustwo Sydney. I come from a more traditional print/branding design background. I studied visual communication in Melbourne 5 years ago and have slowly moved my way into digital product design. My role now is part design facilitation, and part design craft. I run a product meetup group in Sydney called Product of SYD.

Josephine Faraday Lead Designer

Josephine Faraday is a freelance lead designer. She is multidisciplinary, with nearly 20 years of experience in branding, front-end development (HTML/CSS), web and print design. Previously, she worked at ZAM/Wowhead as the lead designer and at FUNimation as the Senior Designer & Online Producer. She attended the Art Institute, but is self-taught. Feel free to ask her questions about design, being a woman in the industry, and working remotely.

Yan Sim Supply Chain at Warby Parker 🕶️

Yan manages Warby Parker's $100M Home Try-on program and national distribution network. He has been in various strategy and operations roles, spanning strategy consulting for Fortune 50 tech companies, running operations and supply chain for consumer and e-commerce product firms and leading cyber-wargaming for the Singapore Armed Forces. Yan loves side hustles. His last few involved moving iPhone Xs to buyers in the Middle East 📱, building an Airbnb business 🏠, and resume coaching practice (resumemint.co) 📄 - though not all at the same time. You can speak with Yan about scaling your supply chain, managing 3PLs, working at or building a startup, navigating the process as an international, and hustling your next startup while working a full-time job. 📧 bit.ly/yan_sim

Laith Ulaby UX Research

Laith Ulaby is currently on a UX Research fellowship at the United Nations Centre for Humanitarian Data in the Netherlands. Formerly an academic with a focus on ethnographic research, he started his career working in policy and with non-profits. Since switching into tech Laith has worked at a consultancy, Google, and a startup, and led a research team at Uber. You can talk with Laith about research, product development, and scaling insights.

Juleigh Pisciotti Product Manager/Strategist at DMI Inc

Juleigh is a product manager/strategist working at DMI. In her division, they work with clients to discover their core users, problem statements to solve, test ideas and build solutions. Most recently, she helped define and build an app that allows truck drivers to tap into community and find truck friendly routes and stops along their way. Before DMI, she worked as a product manager at Bloomberg to define and build tools to help government contractors find opportunities for new business.

Sarah Drinkwater Head of Campus at Google

At Google, I head up Campus London, our first physical hub for early-stage entrepreneurs, where we offer best-in-class open access education like a baby-friendly startup school or growth mentoring. Alongside working with many first-time founders and new-to-tech types, I came into tech/startups after ten years working as a journalist and in advertising with two English lit degrees behind me. Before joining Google, I consulted for early stage startups on content and community, led the community function at Qype (acquired by Yelp) and started the Google Maps reviews community team.

James Costa Product Manager at TWG

I ran a remote agency called Phuse for the past 9 years, which focused on building for web and mobile, where I worked with NASA, AT&T, Amazon, Facebook, and financial institutions. I recently joined TWG(.io) as a product manager where I work closer to product making decisions that impact businesses. I have a fun mix of technical / first-hand product knowledge, as well as operations, management, and business experience through running Phuse. As a sidebar, I love being involved in the community and organize NASA's Space Apps Toronto hackathon, the Toronto Agency Owner meetup, and am on the board of Trek for Teens, a non-profit focused on raising funds and awareness for teen homelessness.

Aaina Sharma Creative Director

Aaina has been designing experience for the past 7 years at places like IDEO, Zendesk and now HelloSign. She started out as a Graphic Designer but quickly transitioned to Experience Design. You can talk to Aaina about Product Design, Product Strategy, branding, start ups, creative blocks, and side projects.

Andrew Hyunsoo Lee Product Designer at Palantir Technologies

Andrew is a product designer currently building enterprise data analysis tools at Palantir Technologies (sounds scary, it's not). When he realized the corporate business world wasn't for him, he transitioned into designing digital experiences. Previously, he was a product designer at Acorns, an investing startup backed by PayPal, ran an online design course, and studied business at USC. You can talk to Andrew about your portfolio, self-teaching design, getting your foot in the door, mentorship, and his experience working at a big company vs a startup.

Jesus Garcia Brand Consultant | Design Strategist | Educator

I'm a graphic designer, specializing in branding, illustration, UX/UI and web design. With more than ten years experience, I have developed branding, collateral, and websites for such notable brands as the Fiesta Bowl, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Marriott, WebPT, the YMCA, and Yurbuds. I currently teach graphic design at Glendale Community College and is the Senior Graphic Designer at WebPT. My work has been featured in AIGA's 2008 and 2016 Get Out the Vote campaigns, and my team and I team won Graphic Design USA's American In-House Design Award in 2016. When I'm not developing best-in-class collateral, you can find me exploring downtown Phoenix's arts scene, trying new bars and restaurants, and gobbling up homemade Mexican food in my hometown of Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Diego Mendes Product Designer at Facebook

Diego is a Product Designer at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Diego was a Product Designer at 3 startups in Silicon Valley (Pocket, Chegg and Meebo) and at two consulting groups Essential Design, The User Experience Center). The products Diego has designed have won several awards and touched the lives of millions of people worldwide. Diego is an immigrant from Brazil, currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Kira and his dog Pelé.

Dennis Zhao Associate Product Manager at Twitter

Prior to being an APM at Twitter, I was studying Computer Science at UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, I was a TA for the undergraduate data structures course. Before getting into product management, I did a bunch of engineering internships, including at Twitter and some smaller companies.

Joey Isaacson Product Designer

Joey Isaacson is a Product Designer at Facebook in Menlo Park with 5 years of experience. His experience with several start ups include Songkick, where he lead product teams in New York and London. He is also a pretty cool dude if I might add.

Marc Seitz CTO at Hackerbay

Marc is a self-taught full-stack engineer. With a background in a finance and physics, he switched fields and started programming 5 years ago with an edX's Intro to Programming course. Since then Marc has attended over 70 hackathons and won a third of them. Together with friends, he has founded Hackevents, the world's leading search engine for hackathons. He is the founder and CTO at Hackerbay, a tech company that helps non-tech corporate departments to become more innovative, experiment and release new product ideas faster: the days of the 2-year product release cycle is over! You can talk with Marc about design automation, working in startups, or if you want to learn about how to start to program and what opportunities you can have.

Steven Fabre Product Designer at InVision

I currently work as lead designer on the InVision’s design tools team. Before that, I was running Easee, a web animation tool for designers which was acquired in April 2016. I also worked at Campaign Monitor, and was part of the early stage team at The Iconic, a rocket internet venture. I've always loved making things out of nothing, things that people use. I got into technology at the age of 14 by learning how to build a website about my local soccer team. Since then I haven't stopped learning, eventually dropped out of university and moved from my tiny home town in the south of France to Sydney. I now spend my time between Australia and the US making design tools at InVision.

Kevin Liu Investor + Data Scientist

These days, I advise and invest in early stage data-first startups that leverage ML and data science technologies to solve enterprise problems. Prior to investing full-time, I spent 3 years in data science and product at Mattermark (series B, YC, NEA, Foundry-backed), a business intelligence platform that helps investment and sales/marketing professionals discover and accelerate deal-making. During my time there, I had the opportunity to work with incredible data scientists, product managers, and founders to drive product development. Before all of this, I kickstarted my career in private equity/venture capital and built some location-based apps. I love chatting about data science, product management, deal sourcing, managing cross functional teams, working in fast growing companies - and happy to discuss anything.

Mitra Mejía Freelance Web Developer

Hello! I'm a web developer and designer with 5 years of experience. I've been lucky enough to work with companies like Vixicom, Oinos Club, City FC, The Larimar Shop and Hogar360. I did the bulk of my career while being a full time student, if you are a student or you are close to finish school I might your guy. I love helping creatives become better, not just in the technical aspects of our profession but in business as well. Get in touch! I'd love to hear from you :)

Jennifer Konikowski Senior Software Engineer

Jennifer Konikowski is a software engineer at Arcadia Solutions, working with Scala, Ruby, and Rust. Formerly, She was previously a software engineer at Akamai, Cohealo, Visible Measures, and Lighter, working primarily in Ruby on Rails. Jennifer has also worked with Java, Perl, and Python. You can talk with Jennifer about development, mentorship, working in startups, and getting started in tech.

Ben Nader Founder/CEO

First-time startup founder that recently sold my company. Building an HW and SW subscription service company in smart-home space. Our first product is a cordless security camera with cloud services, facial recognition, and ability . Butterfleye Inc. Ooma Inc, the company that’s probably still best known for its VoIP platform, on December 20th, 2017 announced that it has acquired Butterfleye, an AI-powered video camera and security platform that produces a smart security camera for home and business use. Prior to starting Butterfleye, I held business and product management roles at large semiconductor companies. I graduated from OSU with EE in 2007

Jimmy Fursman Principal @ Mercutio

Primarily a freelance developer in the e-Commerce space, I formed Mercutio in 2015 as a way to scale my own work and help companies succeed online. I've worked previously as a Full-Stack Developer & Systems Administrator and now love that I get to blend Business Strategy with my technical skills. Talk to me about Engineering, DevOps, Entrepreneurship, or Freelancing

Tanner Godarzi A Front End Dev at Dropbox

Tanner Godarzi, a Front End engineer with a design background helps lead revenue growth at Dropbox. You can talk to Tanner about interviewing in the tech industry, Front End best practices or trying to find a path towards responsible development.

Cindy Alvarez Principal Design Researcher at Microsoft

Currently Cindy works at Microsoft - splitting time between exploratory customer research and helping product teams get better at uncovering unspoken customer needs. She hasn't always been a 'big-company' person though - prior to this she worked in interaction design and product management for a variety of startups. She's happy to offer advice or brainstorm on public speaking, writing (she's the author of Lean Customer Development), product stuff, hiring and managing, and being a parent in the tech world.

Darick Dang Product Designer at wongfremont

Darick is a second generation Asian-American and a child of two refugees who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He began his career as a front-end developer and then entered the world of advertising. Once the iPhone came out, he realized that people began to really understand and care about design. That idea was so powerful to him that he joined a startup accelerator where he led the design, creative and UX for more than 45 startups. Since then, he's worked with global brands and startups and is currently designing the cryptocurrency tools of the future.

Lukasz Lysakowski Design Director

Design Director at Peek, the tour and activities industry leading booking platform. I oversee product design of the B2B platform and brand design of B2C marketplace. Responsible for user experience across desktop, mobile web, as well as mobile apps. Previously led UX and VD of online communities for Cisco, Nike, Pearson, SAP, and more. Oversaw Agency of Record marketing projects and led the design of RSA Conference for two years. Senior mentor at Cascade SF, where I mentor new product designers.

Daria Olivo Digital designer

Daria is a UX / UI designer with a strong focus on rapid prototyping, UI, and visual design. She's worked for some of the best-known agencies in London, as well as in house at Unilever and John Lewis, designing standalone and integrated websites, intranets, microsites, interactive maps, and apps. She's also a UX and Visual Design instructor at General Assembly

Maggie McKosky Director, UX & Product Design at Shutterstock

Maggie McKosky is a NY based design leader, currently Director of UX & Product Design at Shutterstock. Her approach blends a background in visual & brand design, UX research methodologies, and product strategy to solve customer problems and drive innovation. Previously she worked at ecommerce companies Fab.com and Borderfree Global Ecommerce (now part of Pitney Bowes) and a couple design studios before that. You can talk with Maggie about design processes & systems, user centered design, working your way up in a design career, navigating startups vs large companies, being a woman in tech, work/life balance, leadership, and more.

Julie Zhuying Li Interaction designer at Google

I am an Interaction Designer on Google Cloud in Seattle. I studied visual design back in college and I'm a self-taught front-end developer. After several years of working as a freelancer, I went to graduate program at University of Washington for Human-Centered Design and Engineering program . I've worked on building experiences with awesome people in different settings - from small startups to creative agencies to large tech companies. It's come long way for me to become the designer I am today - besides hard work and luck, I also benefit from my mentors and friends. I hope that by sharing my story, other designers can be encouraged and inspired to become full fledged designers.

Jenny Kay Pollock Customer Success Engineer | Augmented Reality

Jenny creates systems to manage customer relationships for augmented reality companies. She has worked at two leading AR companies and loves the high growth, high tech space. With her last career move she was able to increase her salary 28.5% and the time before 82% (including the COL difference in SF). You can talk with her about breaking into tech, compensation negotiation, applying for jobs out of state, general application techniques, networking and working in the startup world.

Tim Kington Developer at Fog Creek, and Computer Science Instructor at Franklin University

Formerly a team lead at Sterling Commerce and an architect at Online Development, Inc. I have worked on everything from embedded systems to enterprise Java systems to full-stack web development. Right now I'm working on Gomix at Fog Creek, making it easy for anyone to create their own web applications.

Joshua Söhn Design Lead at Kontist

Joshua Söhn is a Design Lead at Kontist, a business account specially designed for freelancers. Formally, he was working as a Freelance Designer for various clients and agencies in Berlin and worldwide. You can talk to Joshua about freelancing, product design, front-end development, networking, getting clients and how to grow in a start-up.

Steve Fadden Researcher: UX, Design, Analytics, Engineering Psychology

Steve Fadden is Director/Principal Researcher for Analytics UX at Salesforce. He also teaches as an adjunct instructor for the UC Berkeley School of Information. Feel free to talk with Steve about his experiences in user experience, research, design, human factors, consulting, management, academia and grants. Additional background: Steve received his PhD in Engineering Psychology from the University of Illinois, and has worked in technology, research, academia, and consulting since the 1990's. He started his post-graduate career with Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems as a Crew Systems (Human Factors) Engineer, working on aircraft instruments and displays. He then joined User Experience at Intel, doing design and research with hardware and software for networking, security, and web applications. After Intel, he went to PeopleSoft as a User Experience Architect, working on web-based supply chain, service and financial systems. After these experiences, Steve switched to consulting, first working with federal clients (air traffic control, transportation, intelligence, security systems) at Booz Allen Hamilton. He then had the opportunity to direct a non-profit consulting and professional development group through Landmark College, a rural college exclusively serving students with learning disabilities and attention disorders. This work involved research grants funded by Department of Education and National Science Foundation, and consulting engagements with universities, schools, and international organizations. Steve ultimately left the consulting and academic world to return to technology, working in research and analytics for Dell's online customer experience group, and now in Analytics UX at Salesforce.

Andrew Amesbury Delivery Lead at New Zealand Transport Agency

Andrew Amesbury is a consultant, currently working as Delivery Lead at New Zealand Transport Agency. In past roles Andrew has been a DevOps Specialist, Lead Engineer, Software Test Engineer and Software Engineer for companies and organisations including Fairfax Media and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). You can talk with Andrew about soft skills, such as getting started in Software Engineering, growing your career, negotiation and getting what you need from leadership. On a technical level, Andrew worked as a back-end developer, industrial controls engineer, and on development tools and pipelines.

Keith Kurson Engineering Lead at Nava PBC

Keith Kurson is a self taught engineer, currently building government technology to scale at Nava PBC. Keith manages a diverse team of 7 engineers building critical services for government, right now focused on the next iteration of healthcare.gov. He was previously a Code for America fellow, serving the Mayors' Office of Operations in New York City, mostly building tools for social workers to better connect with and serve their clients. He's interested in chatting about learning to code, building and designing for government and citizens, and LGBTQ issues in technology.

Mahmoud Al Dwairi Marcomms Manager

A computer engineer who fell in love with PR, Marketing and social media! Began my life as a software and websites developer, then a friend introduced me to social media and that's when I knew what I would like to do next in my life! I am currently an associate director at Teneo Blue Rubicon based in Qatar, and had previously worked as Marcomms manager with AIMIA, a digital director with Grayling and Wunderman. Through out my career I had the opportunity to work with client from many different fields like commercial entities and corporate such as Ooredoo Telecoms, Orange Telecomms, LG, and Zain telecomms and NGOs such as Qatar Foundation. Into the habit of documenting life through pictures and stories.

Mehdi Doghri Head of Product Management, Digital Banking at Barclays UK

Mehdi is an experienced product manager passionate about new technology, mobile applications and user experience having a global IT experience of over 10 years. He began playing with programming languages like HTML/PHP, C++ and Java/J2EE platforms then worked as a solution architect for blue chip companies such as Orange, EDF, Airbus, ... in France. After that he had an entrepreneurship experience as a CTO in a startup for 5 years to focus on mobile and cloud technologies. He has developed and shipped many products from iOS and Android applications to cloud solutions. He has been involved from the prototype development and design of innovative solutions to their market launch. Mehdi is now heading a digital product team at Barclays where he helps shaping and launching innovative digital banking products for Barclays' business customers.

Dave Bellous Co-founder / CEO

Hello. My name is David Bellous and I'm the CEO of Yellow Pencil. I've worked as a copywriter, technical architect, developer, Project Manager and leader in the tech industry, and a number of different places (cow herder, bike messenger, auto mechanic) in the non-tech world. I've sponsored and spoken at startup events. I've had the tremendous benefit of some great mentors and leaders in my life, and love the idea of simple conversations to share experience. I love stories, hearing and telling them.

Spencer Hoffman Head of Recruitment at ClassDojo

Spencer Hoffman is leading recruitment at ClassDojo, a Y-Combinator education technology company solving problems in education at scale. This is the 3rd startup he's worked at and before here he recruited at Mixpanel and ran a team at an agency for many of the top companies including Facebook and Google. Feel free to ping him for unbiased info about what recruiters look for, startups, how to differentiate yourself, entering recruiting, what to look for in organizations, and more. Or hit him up to just chat and get the perspective of someone that came out here knowing no one without a job and created a pretty sweet life :)

Miki Reynolds Community Builder + Connector | Executive Director @ Grid110

Miki Reynolds is the Executive Director of Grid110, an early stage startup accelerator and economic/community development non-profit she co-founded in 2014. She has 13+ years of experience working in tech, ranging from digital marketing and creative services to software development and e-commerce. After managing digital projects at global entertainment corporations like MGM Studios and 20th Century Fox, and heading up operations/product for a software development company, she launched the Downtown LA location for tech education company General Assembly. Miki is a proud UCLA Bruin, taco aficionado, rescue dog owner x2, and passionate advocate for the LA startup community.

Jared Jones Business Development @ GitHub

Jared leads Business Development at GitHub, focusing on technology partnerships. He also runs a small, full-service digital agency - Santa Cruz Studios. Previously, Jared was responsible for running software development teams that built some of America's highest trafficked mobile banking applications. Prior to his work in FinTech, he managed a B2B digital advertising program at Google that was centered around the AdWords platform.

Ben Perreau Strategy Consultant at SY Partners / Advisor to Founders

I rebooted Britain'a 50yr old Music Magazine into the biggest music website in the world at 24, and have spent my time since launching companies, building products and working for corporates - I love people, products, solving problems and helping businesses succeed.

Kian Lavi Product Designer, doing freelance nonsense 👋🏽

Kian (pronounced kee-on) has worked in all sorts of places: designing consumer electronics at Sony 📼, leading product at a small gov-tech startup 🏛, and now freelances👩🏻‍🎤 for small to medium sized startups and companies in the Bay Area. Kian studied HCI at UC San Diego, and he's most interested in finding cool overlaps between technology and the arts. He's also a photographer 📸, and you can find his latest series, #100daysofbus, at instagram.com/kianlavi.

Christopher Skillicorn Designer

Christopher is a self-taught designer focused on product, who runs a one-man design shop. He started off working for small local clients, before taking on projects for large national corporations. Since then he has become passionately invested in the global startup scene, working with teams from all over the world. It's been an intense learning experience for him, where he's been able to apply his experience and design thinking in many different types of work. His deep interest in design, engineering and technology has helped him act as a bridge between communication, brand, design, development and business efforts within a team. He works virtually exclusively remote, far away from your typical tech-hubs.

Radhika Shroff Product designer at Etsy

Radhika is currently a product designer at Etsy, helping sellers across the world manage their small businesses. Previously, she spent ~4 years as a designer at a social impact design agency in Brooklyn, where she fell in love with UI/UX and realized what kind of impact design had on users. Before product design, she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Emory University and master's degree from Pratt. You can talk to Radhika about her zigzag journey to design, her design process at Etsy, grad school, or anything that strikes your fancy.

Randall Gregory II Design Strategist for Watson Health

From a young age, I've always been interested in the systems of things. I think that's tied to the fact that my father made me work for him during summers in Phoenix in masonry construction, which exposed the reality of how homes are built, and how much care needs to go into them. I've worked in a variety of fields, including traditional graphic design, web design, user experience design, and branding. My journey started in 2003, when I would produce web banners and wallpapers for friends. When I graduated with a graphic design degree in 2007, I went off and worked in print shops, not having any fun at all. I found myself at U-Haul, working in many web design roles, then in 2008, I was laid off due to the financial crisis. I spent my time freelancing and living on public assistance, eventually landing an internship with Debbie Millman and Sterling Brands in NYC. After that, I came back to Arizona, and after a few years, I was still unsatisfied, so I applied to the School of Visual Arts Masters in Branding program, which is dedicated to the connections between business and design. While I was there, I worked on projects involving the Museum of Modern Art, Major League Soccer, BioLite, the TSA, and most notably, a project involving the NYC Subway System, where I spent 100 days creating 100 innovations to improve the subway. The project gained me global exposure and fame, and taught me about how to react properly to many voices. After my time in New York, I found myself in Austin, as part of the brand new design studio in IBM, where I still am to this day, currently working as a Design Strategist for Watson Health, where I focus on producing holistic views of our offerings, in order to help expose opportunities for collaboration, adopting cognitive/ai technologies, and create connections between offering teams. I also take on a number of community initiatives, from being the co-founder of IBM Community Radio to being the Membership Director for AIGA Austin, to being an Advisory Board Member of Austin Design Week.

Kohzy Product Manager at Intersection

Kohzy spends his days thinking about how to make the transit rider experience better. Intersection is a smart city and digital media company in NYC, and the Transit platform, IxNConnect, is an important new product. Kohzy took a meandering road to becoming a Product Manager. He started out in investment banking, before joining a startup, and going back to school for design. He's spent time as a product designer at Uber, and led product marketing at Lua. In between, he got an MFA in Interaction Design at SVA. You can talk with Kohzy about product/interaction design, switching into tech, and the "smart city" landscape. If you really wanna get nerdy, talk to him about design systems (or any kind of systems thinking in general), speculative futures, augmented environments, and public interfaces.

Peter Perceval Senior designer at IBM

Peter Perceval is a Jedi Knight when it comes to unconventional career paths. He has been passionate about design for the better part of two decades but being quite skeptical of life after high school and unsure of what career path to embark upon. He actively freelanced before deciding to pursuit an academic career in design. He eventually took the plunge and received a BFA in Design from the University of Central Florida. Shortly after that he started his first business which was an online publication that celebrated music, art, and culture. Designing, creating, and running every aspect of this business it would eventually grow into a joint venture with his friend David Plakon (grammy nominated artist, UX designer at Code & Theory) creating a record label, and studio where they filmed major artists live and cross pollinated with the publication. Eventually selling his business led to Peter focusing solely on music and traveling the country with his band Day Joy for a couple of years. Meanwhile design was always present. It was always supplemental income and a part of his life, in music, art, or business. In 2013 he decided to take a radical departure from art and design and moved to Tel Aviv, Israel where he received an MA in Counter Terrorism and Diplomacy studies. He was particularly interested in how art and branding was used in terrorist organizations and focused his thesis in this direction. While living in Israel he was also the Brand Manager and Art Director for Con Art Magazine which is a premier fashion and art publication in Israel, reimagining their branding and creating their digital presence. In 2015 he moved to Austin and began a more traditional design career by doing Visual Design for Whole Foods. After doing contract work for a number of great companies in Austin he settled down at IBM as a Senior Designer in 2016.

Jakob Heuser Helping engineers love engineering

Jakob's a speaker, writer, mentor, and entrepreneur. He's passionate about engineering and the humans who make it possible. He's lead large engineering groups at LinkedIn and Pinterest, served as one of the architects for a social gaming company, and got his start writing PHP and Java for the US Government. In his current role at Lead SV, he's on a mission to help every engineer love their work. Jakob's always open to talk about engineering, diversity, startups, UI development, and engineering leadership.

Evan Solomon Engineer @ LinkedIn

Evan has worked in a bunch of different roles at a few interesting early stage startups – marketing at Justin.tv (pre-Twitch), growth at Automattic (makers of WordPress.com) and engineering at Medium — before co-founding a startup called Run Hop that was acquired by LinkedIn. He'd love to talk to you about engineering, data, product, or fundraising.

Amanda Tessier Digital Marketer at Altisource

Amanda Tessier is a digital marketer at financial services and tech company Altisource. She leads email marketing, landing page implementation, and search engine optimization within the corporate marketing team. Formerly, she worked in a software startup and was a SEO Specialist in agency, plus freelanced on the side. Please feel free to ask about startups, agencies, corporate cultures, any aspect of marketing, learning to code, consulting, and balancing the 9-5 with the 5-9.

Emilie Jones Marketing Director at a venture capital firm

Emilie Jones is the Marketing Director at Brightspark, a venture capital firm that invests in Canadian tech startups. Previously, she has worked with small businesses and brands like Cirque du Soleil and the PanAm Games to execute on their marketing strategies. You can talk to Emilie about many aspects of marketing (content, digital, social media, events), working in the startup world and in a venture capital firm, the investment side of startups, finding a job in a new city.

Adam Wood Founder, Bici Labs

I've founded and scaled several startups. My specialization is finding white space for new products, creating that product and then building a scalable team. I've worked with startups and Fortune 50s to create new products across dozens of industries. I feel comfortable talking about: Product, design, business, startups, product strategy.

Mitchell Wright GitLab

Mitchell is a technical marketer. He has a Master's in Information Systems from Brigham Young University. After receiving his degree, he worked doing freelance digital marketing for 3 years, then worked at Qualtrics, a unicorn SaaS based in Utah. He currently works for GitLab as their online marketing manager. Mitchell is well versed in all aspects of digital marketing, including SEO, paid ads, content marketing, affiliate marketing, and analytics.

Adam Menges Founder and CEO of Lobe

Previously I worked at Apple and at SendGrid, before starting my own company, Lobe.

Jonny Mack Principal, Logarhythm

Jonny Mack is the founder and principal designer at Logarhythm, a product design and development consultancy that specializes in infrastructure, security, and blockchain UX. Previously he lead projects on Google's Cloud Platform, Android, and Chrome, in addition to working as a prototyper on webOS at Hewlett-Packard. Jonny has been a guest speaker and portfolio reviewer at General Assembly and Seattle Central Creative Academy. You can talk with him about all aspects of the product design process, interview prep and hiring practices, and collaborating with product managers and engineers.

Amanda George Design + Strategy

Åmanda George is New York based creative specializing in product design, brand design and marketing strategy. She has worked with brands such as Nike, Apple, Equinox and Campbell Soup Company. She currently freelances lending her expertise to brands and start-ups in the lifestyle space. You can talk with Amanda about design, marketing/brand strategy, freelancing and working within agency environments.

Cansu Deniz Bayrak COO at Startupbootcamp IoT

Hiya, I run an IoT hardware programme in London. Political scientist by trade, worked in international human rights law (Council of Europe, Amnesty International, UN) until 2011. Did a U-turn and I started working in tech, mainly did business development and for the last 3 years been running programmes for startups, first in Istanbul and now in London. Happy to talk about anything IoT and hardware, incubation/acceleration, working with corporates, visas/immigration for tech workers, women in tech.

Brendan Chan Program Manager - Engineering Education

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, I became a high school math teacher in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. I then joined Google in 2013 where I spent 4 years working in our customer support organization, helping to run call centers and design strategy around customer support for our biggest consumer products such as Google Wallet and Google Play. During that time, I went part-time at Google, and spent the rest of my time running an education non-profit for a philanthropist. Today, I'm back full-time at Google working in our Engineering Education department, focused on computer science education efforts for students and educators across the globe. Twitter: @EduBrendan

Jonas Downey Product Designer @ Basecamp

Hello! I'm a product designer at Basecamp, where I've been creating interfaces and ideas for many of Basecamp's products since 2011. I'm currently working on user onboarding and conversion-related projects for Basecamp 3. I'm also the co-creator of a popular iOS app called Hello Weather, and an avid writer. Prior to Basecamp, I worked as a web/UI designer at Argonne National Laboratory. I'm happy to talk about how to find your way into product design, plus anything else you're curious about — web or iOS tech, writing, UX, front end development, side projects, strategy, project management, you name it!

Connor Leech Support Engineer at Stitch Labs

I'm a political science major from UCSB currently working with PHP and Javascript in San Francisco.

Michael Lee Product Designer @ Sunrun

Michael is currently a Product Designer at Sunrun working on internal tools/consumer facing applications. Previously he worked with startups at CAL as a designer in residence where he attended college, worked at Google as a Design Producer, and worked on his own startups. Michael also likes to write on Medium and run workshops on prototyping (Flinto & Framer). You can talk to Michael about all things design, prototyping & product. Michael has also been learning 3D & augmented reality design.

Rita Turkowski 3D graphics, AR and VR Product Marketing and Project Management Maven

Rita Turkowski has worked at Apple, Intel, Unity, AMD and three start-ups to craft and execute go-to-market strategies for B2B video, 3D graphics and videogaming products mostly. I have been doing this since the early 90's. I have two tech degrees, which serves most of my work efforts quite well. I always strive to keep learning however, and am currently enrolled in a Udacity program for Front End Web development (just for fun).

Craig Frost Designer & Design Manager

Craig is a Designer and Design Manager at Pusher, a SaaS company building a platform of communication and collaboration APIs to help Designers & Developers build better realtime apps faster and easier. Craig leads the brand design team working on a new vision for the company in 2018, and has previously worked across design in product and marketing for tech companies and agencies - at university, he studied Design & Illustration. Craig can offer advice on landing your first job, growing as a designer and leader, embracing uncertainty, and prioritising your ongoing education and career progression to find your place in Design & tech.

Mariusz Ciesla Product Designer

Started out as a freelance web designer & developer back in high school, learning whatever was needed to stay afloat. After a while joined as an intern and then a front-end developer at Making Waves. Worked with a bunch of pretty great clients, from startups to governments and corporates, between Poland and Norway. Moved to Lunar Logic and became lead designer for their internal product — Kanbanery. Stayed in this role until 2013, helping to build out the product from idea on a napkin to a decently sized tool used by teams at Mozilla and other large companies. Quit in 2013, went back to freelancing and met the Adam, with whom he started Lifetramp.com — a platform that lets you try a job for a day. Recently also got hired by his former university to teach students the ins and outs of UX Design. Right now, mostly consulting for clients large and small, while still partially working on making Lifetramp happen. You can talk with Mariusz about product design, product management, being a design co-founder at a startup, running a design business and mentoring and teaching young designers.

Chris Kelly Technology General Manager at Bridgewater Associates

Chris Kelly is 10+ years into a software engineering career, and has moved from a masters degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, through a handful of very technical roles and people management roles, to his current position leading teams of software engineers at the world's largest hedge fund: Bridgewater Associates. Chris recently moved to Connecticut, and outside of work he is a dad, husband, and avid mountain biker. You can talk with Chris about careers in computer science, startups -vs- big companies, code schools -vs- college, and consulting -vs- product companies, and anything else software related.

Shaun Moynihan Designer, Creative Lead

Shaun Moynihan is an product designer and Creative Lead at Scout, a product development studio. Previously, Shaun worked with companies like OpenTable, Grooveshark and Creative Market. You can talk with Shaun about the various facets of design, working with startups, and networking.

Nicole Patton Manager of Desktop Engineering, Proskauer Rose LLP

Nicole Patton is the Manager of Desktop Engineering at Proskauer Rose, LLP. Formally, Nicole was an IT Manager at Lockheed Martin. Talk to Nicole about the journey for non-coders in the tech space (they do exist), achieving success in tech as a woman, career development, and engineering solutions that enhance client experience.

JP Valery Product Marketing Manager @ Gameloft

I'm an hyperactive creative multitask polyvalent guy. Graduate with a Master of Science, my expertise fields are numerous and diverse : Marketing, Freemium, Social Media, Newsletters, Blogging and webzines,... I'm currently working @ Gameloft and running 2 indies magazine on the side. And I'm also a photographer.

Stephanie Shaw Solution Architect at Salesforce.com

Stephanie is a Korean adoptee raised in a US military family, with a BA from Colgate University. In the past 5 years, she has gone from a market research company of < 10 employees to one of the largest tech companies in the world. Her journey includes getting a position with a company that wasn't hiring, working at a startup, and even starting her company to work as a bonafide independent consultant. You can talk to Stephanie about how to transform skills across industries; career changes; working at a small company where your boss is owner/CEO/founder, a startup where your job title changes daily, or a large company where you're one of 20k global employees; starting your own business to work for yourself; working remotely from home; traveling for work, making professional development work for you; and, navigating diversity as the minority (female/non-white/first-generation college) member.

Dan Gold Freelance Frontend Web Developer, Photographer and Traveler

Previously, Dan was living in Philly and working for a small creative agency. After three great years, he transitioned into frontend engineering at charity: water. After three amazing years, he worked remotely while traveling to 16 countries in 12 months. Now, Dan is back in Brooklyn taking photos, writing perfect CSS (no bugs!), running marathons and drinking coffee all over New York City.

Elizabeth Ferrao Product Manager

Elizabeth Ferrao is an activist and technical product manager. She is the co-founder of the NYC chapter of Women Who Code, a non profit that works to put more women in technology leadership positions. Elizabeth recently served as head of product at a Techstars NYC IoT grad startup. Before that, she worked as a software engineer at TIME Inc. Elizabeth is a “rising star” public speaker; most recently, she keynoted Pycon India. She currently serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence with Civic Hall NYC where she is helping startups create a better product by creating user tiers and obtain companies for customers.

Alex Pate UI engineer at Kalo

Hey! 👋. I'm a London based UI engineer at Kalo. I mostly work on building internal tooling, including our design system. Before that, I wore several hats (as is the case with most startups) at another tech company in London: Pusher. Happy to talk about front-end development, UI engineering, design systems, startups, London life.

Mark McLaughlin Design Manager at Microsoft, previously Skype

Mark is a self-taught interaction designer and currently leads a team of designers creating developer tools at Microsoft in Seattle. Originally getting his career break as a “webmaster” for musical artists such as Korn, Rage Against the Machine and the Backstreet Boys (no, really), Mark went on to spend over 10 years at Skype leading the design teams who created their mobile, consumer electronics and HoloLens experiences. You should chat to Mark about design systems, working in an in-house design team and surviving in a large corporate environment without formal qualifications.

Abhishek Bhattacharya Student. Developer. Entrepreneur. Writer.

Abhishek Bhattacharya has been a developer since high school, and a Writer and an Entrepreneur since college. Technology is kinda his life. So, go ahead, Ask Him Anything! :-)

Aldrin Montana Bioinformatics Engineer at Personalis

Aldrin has worked for the past 3 years at Personalis as a Bioinformatics analyst/engineer. Previously, he worked for about a year and a half at Workday as a performance engineer, and graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Aldrin primarily has experience in java and python, and some minimal experience in a handful of other languages. His primary interests are in data management, database systems, and bioinformatics/computational biology. But, of course, he is available for most anything (in-depth expertise not guaranteed).

Ranga Vadhineni Founder Localmint and CouponHunt

I am a Full Stack Developer( 10 years exp. ) based in Dublin, Ireland. I have previously built and launched products named www.localmint.com, www.couponhunt.co and www.leapchat.co Previously worked in Microsoft and Dell in Ireland.

Veronica Domeier Freelance Designer

Veronica is a freelance designer who recently moved overseas to Japan with her family. She is still working with a handful of clients back in the states and has been freelancing for over a decade with clients large and small. Veronica has worked with companies like HoltCat, Edwards Aquifer, KFernandez & Associates, The U.S. Airforce, Earth Mom and more. She is currently working on a project called FreelanceHer, amid at helping women navigate and succeed at freelancing, she would love to talk to you about it and all things freelance, design, mentorship, living overseas and coffee!

Matthew Williams Staff product designer at Etsy

Matthew Williams is a staff product designer for Etsy, where he has worked for the last 4 years. He is currently working on design systems for Etsy but in the past has mainly focused on the search experience and apps. He worked for a few start ups prior to Etsy and a couple design studios/agencies before that. Feel free to talk to Matthew about anything related to digital product design. Sample topics: - The pro's and con's of working for small start-ups to large tech companies and how to navigate each. - How to start finding a good work/life balance. - Finding a job you love where you feel like you are adding something good to the world.

Adrià Cruz Senior Project Manager at Typeform

I studied design and film production, then Management in London and came back to Barcelona to start my own Mobile Development studio, Lafosca. After 4 years of successful development, I needed more challenging stuff and accepted an offer from Typeform to be their Project Manager on their Creative Team. On the side, Co-founded Codeworks, an intensive JavaScript programming course. Skype Id adriacruz

Shaun Tollerton Product Designer at ustwo

👋🏻 I'm a British product designer currently living in NYC. Over the past 10 years I've developed skills in creating, prototyping and shipping highly crafted experiences for Android, iOS and the Web. Let's chat! 🤓

James Turnbull CTO @ Emaptico

I'm an engineer and author. Formerly CTO at Kickstarter, an early engineer at Docker & Puppet, VP of Engineering at Venmo, and the author of ten books on engineering, infrastructure, and operations. Leading/running teams, recruiting, scaling systems and people, systems architecture, deployment, operations, product process, product-market fit, and building customer success functions.

Craig Wattrus Product Designer @ Braintree

Craig has worked in a number of industries from combatting counterfeit medicine on the African continent to big banking projects and has experience working for both startups and medium sized companies. You can talk to Craig about navigating your first design job, choosing a good starting point for your career, surviving as the only designer in your team, product design, interacting with clients and building a design team.

Nathan Sawatzky Consultant - safety design, community, policy

Nate began his career as a barista at Starbucks (back in the good old days when Starbucks was REALLY passionate about coffee and culture). In 2005 he joined Club Penguin, a snow-covered virtual world for kids, just as the company was about to launch. At Club Penguin, and later Disney, Nate built and led the community support team and focused on (a) building mission-focused teams, (b) healthy online communities, (c) crafted customer service, and (d) safety-policy. Since leaving Disney, Nate has worked with several startups, as well as Facebook, mostly focusing on healthy community and the policies and processes that would allow for the communities to thrive. His current area of study is in the ways that technology is influencing, helping, and harming children.

Matt Spiel Design Manager at Lyft

Matt Spiel is currently a Product Design Manager at Lyft. Prior to that, he was the Director of Design at Treehouse. He believes very strongly in the power of being a generalist. You can talk to Matt about a variety of topics like working remotely (something he did for nearly 10 years), relocatting to a new place for a job, being a multi-disciplinary designer, balancing family and work, design leadership, management, process, and failure.

Sarah Ball location-independent product and UI designer

Sarah is a product designer and front-end developer. She recently sold the startup she co-founded (Riskopy, a machine learning tool in the fintech space) and since then she has been the design lead on a startup that builds developer tools. She also founded a location-independent freelance design and dev studio that she ran for several years. Sarah got her start as a print designer and made her way to product design on a *very* roundabout path. She's passionate about giving support to newcomers to design and tech, and especially showing how an unconventional path can help build an awesome career.

Sam Elgar Co-Founder @ritualmusic and Growth @invoke

Sam is runs business development for Invoke, the digital product company behind Hootsuite. He also co-founded Ritual Music, a music-licensing platform His background has been in strategy, business development and client relationship management in technology and design.

Margaret Gray Research Lead at MetaLab.co

I make parade float costumes that win first place ribbons. I've met two celebrities in real life: Zac Efron and Joni Mitchell. I thought I was good at singing until a choir teacher told me I wasn't but I still sing as much, maybe more? My coolest job ever was writing parking tickets because I got to wear a walkie talkie and carry a clipboard. My least cool job ever (if you adhere to traditional definitions) was two summers at the Bowen Island Public Library but screw you society reading is cool. I think a lot, but I also think everyone thinks they think a lot. I fell into the tech industry by accident. I've spent 4 years working in customer experience and strategy roles, culminating in a focus on product management and UX research. Companies on my resume include Bench.co, Dribbble.com, and now MetaLab.co. I wouldn't be where I am without being given the opportunity to work with and learn from some scary smart people, and it's past time I do what I can to pass along the kindness.

Juan Rafael Lopez VP of Product/UX at Validately

Engineer turned UX Designer. Started at an international 80K person companies and now running UX and Product for a 15 person startup.

Michelle Li Product Designer

Michelle is a product designer, passionate about solving problems and creating meaningful experiences. She has created successful products in various industries including retail/e-commerce, adventure game, real estate, and mobile spaces. You can talk with Michelle about breaking into UX, the world of product design, working in different environments: agency vs. in-house, your portfolio, preparing for interviews, and side projects.

Todd Torabi Senior Designer at Elephant

Todd is a Senior User Experience Designer and Founder of two companies. He loves design because of its powerful impact on the way people think, act, and reflect on brands and services. He believes that design is a practice that helps him reflect on his own ideas of human behavior and sociology, too. After graduating with Economics and Entrepreneurship degrees from the University of Arizona in 2013, he co-founded his own automotive marketplace startup which was later acquired by Petrolicious, an award-winning automotive media company. Since then, he has taken on a consultative role of product design and product strategy for several companies. He consulted Emirates Airline's commerce teams at their Dubai HQ, and more recently led user experience design and strategy for Goldman Sachs and Apple through the design agency, Elephant. Today, Todd co-runs a design studio that partners with startup companies like PAX and Shortcut to design mobile applications. His biggest hobby: Boston sports. He has no problems spending hundreds of dollars going to games when either the Patriots, Red Sox, or Celtics visit. I attended the Patriots Super Bowl win in 2014 -- best experience his life! You can talk with Todd about many aspects of design, running a business, mentorship, and of course, the Patriots.

Vinish Garg UX and Content Strategy | Storytelling, Brand Narrative Strategy

Vinish Garg works with product teams to make right investments in their UX and content processes, for business goals and CX goals. You can talk to Vinish for your brand narrative strategy, for storytelling orientation to your product design processes, and to align your product story with customer story, for the right customer experience goals.

Mopewa Ogundipe Software developer at Medium

Mopewa works as a software developer on the mobile team at Medium. Before that, she was an Android developer at Khan Academy, and interned at Instagram, Khan Academy, and Facebook. You can talk to her about Android development, React Native, internships, starting your first full-time job, salary negotiations, career development, switching jobs, and diversity and inclusion in tech (she currently runs a Women's ERG at work).

Thiyagarajan M (Rajan) Fellow in Residence, M&A, iSPIRT

A full time 'Fellow In Residence' at software product industry think tank in India called iSPIRT where I help deep tech Indian startups with worldwide Corporate Strategic Partnerships, Alliances, Investments including M&A. Earlier was head of product management for Quickbooks in India, prior to that built a mobile startup similar to Periscope. I can help with Product Strategy, Design Thinking, Strategic Partnerships, M&A advice and also any global companies exploring to build on India Stack.

Mike MacCombie Investor at Evertrue Ventures / Founder at Undrdog

Mike is currently Managing Partner at Evertrue Ventures, the Brown University alumni investment group. He is also working on the launch of Undrdog, a media platform sharing the experiences and actionable advice of founders from underrepresented populations. Formerly, Mike was a teacher with Teach For America, Head of Special Projects at The Influencers, and a behavior science consultant to New York startups. He geeks out about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bad puns, and how to MacGyver Social Good. You can talk with him about transitioning to the startup world, building communities, storytelling, brand positioning, and combining passion with profitability.

Danny Knapp Software Engineer

Danny Knapp is a software engineer at Salesforce. He is a self-taught technologist that has worked in the industry for over 20 years, starting out as a copier technician in the early 90's. He has worked as a support technician, trainer, tech writer, systems architect/engineer, product manager, before working as a software developer. He's also worked as a audio/video production engineer, a photographer, as well as being a professional musician for over 30 years. You can talk with Danny about technology, mentorship, networking, work/life balance, and working in the startup world as well as large corporations.

Scott Rocher Director of Product for Merchandising Engineering at Stitch Fix.

Scott Rocher has over a decade of experience crafting web and mobile products for consumers. With a background in software engineering, he has deep knowledge of eCommerce, email marketing, user experience, recurring payments for subscriptions, and shipping / logistics. At Stitch Fix, he works across the engineering and business team to help drive the evolution of merchandising tools and technology to meet the needs of our growing merchandising organization and client base. Previously he helped build products and teams at Blue Bottle Coffee, Tonx Coffee, and Yahoo.

Juliet Salinas DevOps Engineer

Currently a DevOps Engineer/AWS Solutions Architect - Juliet Salinas has worked her way up through the tech industry starting from an entry-level tech support role. Lacking any formal education, she is self-taught - a testament to the fantastic array of resources available to the motivated learner today. Her story is an example of what hard work and ambition can achieve, even without degrees or expensive certifications. Her life was not without adversity - She struggled with untreated ADHD, and she surrender male privilege when she came out as a transgender. She was forced to rebuild her life from scratch, as she lost her family, job, and home. Living in a garage, working a nighttime sysadmin gig with no healthcare, she studied and improved herself, interviewing during the day. She persevered through multiple rejections before landing her first DevOps role nearly a year ago. In this time, she has rapidly progressed acquiring new skills and 3 AWS certifications in a short time.

Greg Beldam Design Director

Previously Design Director at Shopify. Lead the mobile and core product design teams as well as conceptual products and strategy. Currently helping start-ups get going with design and product direction. You can talk to Greg about management, creative direction, building design teams, design systems and scale.

Mohd Wassem Founder

I am a co-founder at Bobble Keyboard, an (iOS | Android) app from India to enable real-time personalization on mobile. Our inventive technology enables instantaneous personalization of content. With just 1 selfie, users get free unlimited personalized stickers and GIFs- with their faces, in any language, in real time. We are the most viral and engaged app from India with 7M+ installs in a year. We are the highest ranking Android app in India at our scale. We have the youngest user base- younger than even Snapchat. 90% of our 5 million+ installs are by users 25 or younger. Our engagement and growth metrics are comparable to the best globally.

Colin Keany Product Designer at GitHub

Colin Keany is a Product Designer with 7 years experience designing digital products for some of the world's top tech companies. He is currently working as a Product Designer with the incredible team at GitHub helping to solve the complexities of the developer workflow. Before that, he worked for MongoDB and DigitalOcean. He is happy to talk about anything related to getting started as a designer, the importance of side projects and working remote.

amanda russell Product Manager at Food52

Amanda currently works as the Product Manager for a media and e-commerce company that has a website, an iOS app, and a robust email program. Before this, she was the User Experience Lead for a full-service digital agency, specializing in responsive web. In the more distant past, she was a User Experience Designer, and before that, she did 4-5 years of federal and state technology consulting with companies like Deloitte. She's worked in companies from 50 people to over 100,000; public and private sector; and in most of the SDLC. You can talk to Amanda about product and user experience, being a woman in technology, and other stuff about tech.

Teresa Man Experience Director at Konrad Group

Teresa is an experience director at Konrad, a digital consulting agency in New York specializing in digital strategies and solutions for consumer and enterprise clients. She leads a team of designers in the creation of websites and native mobile app designs, with a particular focus in financial technology, e-commerce, education and Fortune-500 companies. Having written and taught UI/UX classes for over a year, she is also extremely passionate in the field of design education. You may also chat with her about topics in design management, team growth and culture, as well as general recruiting efforts.

Lindsay Tabas Systems Engineer turned Customer & User Experience Designer

You're a confident and determined newcomer to the technology industry. I'm sure you are pumped to be part of designing the future. I was when I got started! But now that you've made your way through a few coding courses or design boot camps, you're probably realizing that it's hard to get a break. For designers, specifically, every startup wants a "lead." They ask for a portfolio of launched products but in an industry where 90% of startups fail, how are even the most seasoned designers suppose to have that many products out in the world? Believe me, it's not you. It's the collective industry. People keep coming up with new names for principles that already existed. The jargon is out of this world! Others want to say that building digital products and start-ups is totally different than building physical products and real businesses. They're wrong. In 2002, I designed my first user interface while studying Systems Engineering. Since then, I have been OBSESSED with designing technology for people. After college, I set out on a mission to be successful in Silicon Valley & the start-up world. Even with epic persistence and a graduate degree from UC Berkeley, I felt I was unable to succeed. Fifteen years in, I'm a "Lady Engineer" and I still haven't left tech. My mission is to increase the success rate for (com)passionate and people-minded start-ups. I empower savvy entrepreneurs to grow thriving start-ups by clearing the path between what your customers want and what the engineers build. My promise to my clients is the same for you: I promise to create bridges to your dreams, give thoughtful guidance, offer clear & simple strategies, make valuable introductions and deliver a quality above and beyond any academic institution. Yes, some of us still care about education.

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