Mark is CEO at StumbleUpon Inc. Prior to being StumbleUpon CEO, he was StumbleUpon's Chief Financial Officer and a member of the San Francisco M&A team at Deloitte USA. Mark has experience in Consumer Web and Tech M&A. He is an investor in Consumer Web and Ad Tech companies in San Francisco and Boston. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and PGDA from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Director of Design, Vimeo
Design leader with a passion for making products look good and work better. Strong history of masterminding design-driven strategy and product development as Director of Design at Vimeo. Eager pontificator on UX design and friend to all design-minded creatives, especially students. Co-captain of the undefeated Vimeo beer pong duo.
Experience Architect, Republic of Quality
Steve Fisher is the content nerd-herder and design fanatic at The Republic of Quality. With over 18 years of experience, he leads the charge on the user experience, coordinating research, visual and interaction design, and content strategy. Steve is a professional member of the Graphic Designer’s Society of Canada and served as their national VP of web for three years.
Creative Director, Change Collective
Jim Forrest is the Creative Director at Change Collective. He has plenty of experience with creative direction, design, and user-experience. Previously, Jim was an award-winning Creative Director at the Peabody Essex Museum. His work has been included in many presentations and articles. Jim is a composer, educator, museum veteran, and synth fanatic.
Head of UX Research, Google
Dr. Laura Granka has been with Google for 10 years, leading UX Research. She spent the past three years establishing and growing a UX Research team for Google Social, cutting across mobile, photos, Hangouts, Google+ and more. Currently, Laura is leading a team of quantitative researchers and software engineers to build innovative research tools and conduct large-scale analysis across Google Search, Maps, Identity, and other new efforts. She is passionate about baking data into design using research to inform and inspire products, as well as to predict trends. Dr. Granka received her BS and MS from Cornell University, and her PhD from Stanford.
Design Chief, Blade
Brian Kalma is a Design Chief at Blade where he helps Blade's portfolio companies instill effective design processes and practices into their organization. Prior to Blade, Brian was Director of UX and Marketing at Zappos, Head of UX at Gilt, and President at Ministry of Supply.
Jeremy Kriegel Most recently VP of Customer Experience, Drizly
Jeremy Kriegel has been designing great user experiences for more than 16 years. He believes that success requires us to look at the business context to craft an appropriate design process. He has seen a lot of different scenarios that each required their own approach, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as a consultant, or on an internal team. He brings this diversity of experience to bear in adapting UX to agile methodologies and finding the balance appropriate for each business. Most recently, Jeremy was the VP of Customer Experience at Drizly, a startup that brings your favorite beer, wine, and spirits to your door in about 30 minutes.C. Todd Lombardo Innovation Architect, Constant Contact’s InnoLoft
In a world of hyper-specialization, C. Todd stands in the intersections and sees the connections that revolve around us. His background is grounded in science, engineering and design. He currently works at Constant Contact's InnoLoft as an Innovation Architect, where he works with startup teams as well as internal teams to push the boundaries of the organization. C. Todd is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Madrid's prestigious IE Business School where he teaches elective courses on Creativity, Innovation, Design-Thinking and Communication.
- Jason Pamental Principal & Co-Founder, H+W Design
Jason Pamental is co-founder of H+W Design, author of Responsive Typography from O’Reilly, and an overall web & typography nerd. He has worked on the web since 1994 in a range of capacities. With a background in design and an intimate understanding of technology, he’s led creative and technical efforts for major universities, NFL and America’s Cup teams, Fortune 25 corporations, and many other clients. Jason also speaks about Responsive Design, Web Typography and Web Strategy at conferences and many other places.
- Giles Phillips Chief Product Designer, Constant Contact
Giles is a designer, a thinker, and a doer. He currently serves as Chief Product Designer at Constant Contact and is the Founder and Executive Director of Subforum. He’s a proven executive and successful design leader with expertise in web and native mobile product strategy, computational technology, Human-Computer interaction, and interdisciplinary design. Giles graduated from MIT, where his research with the Media Lab focused upon creating new forms of interactive search. He also serves as a curriculum architect and instructor at the Startup Institute Boston, focusing on product design and strategy.
- Andy Pitre Product Manager, Hubspot
I'm a product manager at HubSpot. I have a background in marketing and consulting. I like building things.
- Michael Rawlins Principal User Experience Design Architect, ESPN/The Walt Disney Company
Michael is the Principal User Experience Architect for ESPN/The Walt Disney Company in Bristol, Connecticut. He also serves as the Regional Director of North America for the User Experience Professionals Association International (UXPA.org). He is a proven expert in user experience, and a leader in analyzing the global marketplace for growth and technical innovation opportunities. He has led teams as the UX strategist at companies such as Cigna, Open Solutions/FiServ, MassMutual, Hartford Life and Aetna. Michael also is an adjunct professor at Manchester Community College, and serves on a host of technology and industry boards, including the MCC Technology and Communications Advisory Board.
- Julie Rodriguez Associate Creative Director, Sapient Global Markets
Julie Rodriguez is a Boston-based Information Architect with 14 years of experience in user research, analysis, and design for complex systems. Within the global markets domain, Julie has delivered solutions in wealth management, investment research, securities lending, commodities, retail, and institutional trading platforms. She's patented her work in commodities trading and data visualizations for MATLAB. Julie holds a BA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
- Mark Sadecki Accessibility Coordinator, EdX
Mark Sadecki has been working in Web Accessibility for more than 15 years as a consultant for a variety of non-profits, including the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative as the Staff Contact for the HTML Accessibility Task Force where he managed the progress of accessibility solutions in HTML5. Mark particularly enjoyed working on Canvas and Media Accessibility. He is currently the Accessibility Coordinator at edX, a nonprofit founded by MIT and Harvard University to build and foster the edX open-source online learning platform.
- Adam Sigel Product Designer, InsightSquared
Adam is a product manager and troublemaker. These are not mutually exclusive skillsets.
- Will Smith Director of Product Design, InsightSquared
Will has been the principal Product Designer at high-growth venture-backed startups for the past 6 years. He currently pushes pixels and front-end code at InsightSquared. His experience encompasses shaping the visual design, UI, and data visualization of a B2B SaaS app. He's a sucker for the well executed basics of a clean layout, vibrant color palette, and ample white space around the typography.
- James White Designer, Signalnoise Studio
James White is a Canadian artist and designer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is the 1-man wrecking crew behind the Signalnoise Studio, where he produces visual artistry for professional and personal projects. He began his career as a designer in 1998, but he started drawing back in 1981 at the age of 4. His creative path has led to him working with clients such as Nike, MTV, Google, Wired, VH1, Kevin Smith and more.
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- Robin Zaragoza Product Management Consultant
Robin Zaragoza is passionate about all things product design and development. She's held various product management leadership roles at companies big and small over the years (including eBay Inc), and is proud to say she knows a thing or two about failure… and learning from it. Robin currently offers her experience on a consulting basis to Flipkey (a TripAdvisor company) and SilverRail Technologies.
- Yifan Zhang Co-founder & CEO, Pact
Yifan Zhang is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pact, a behavioral change company with both a consumer fitness app and a health plan that improves your deductible with every workout. She has been featured on Bloomberg TV, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNBC and Kiplinger's, and was previously named "Boston's Most Impressive New CEO" by The Boston Globe. Yifan has been a speaker on behavioral economics at SXSW and the Clinton Global Initiative America. She graduated magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University, and was part of the Techstars Boston class of 2012.