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We’re a distributed team of creators & doers located across the globe.

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Harish Venkatesan


Built product at Venmo & Grubwithus; graduated from UPenn

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Daniel Shapiro


Previously full-stack developer at YCharts; graduated from Duke

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Patrick Multani

Design & Mentorship

Studied Concept Design; worked at Less & Better to listen and understand

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Edgar Salazar

Software Development

Builds products for nonprofits and startups; graduated from MIT & University of Manchester

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Renee Tracy


Studied Psych at University of Alaska; brings perceptive fine-tuning to startup ops

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Gina Medranda


Studied Art and Design at CCNY; obsessed with Customer Happiness

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Austin Basallo


Philosophy & Lit @NYU; trying to make everyone else's life easier through ops

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Diego Torres-Galvan


Studied at UC Berkeley; previously at Uber & Handy

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Mandy Kerr

People Ops

Graduate of the University of Cape Town: geographer turned people ninja

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Vivian Kalea


Outdoorsy dog mom, food lover, and live music enthusiast

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Alexa Harrison

Content Writer

Studied English at UMass; word wizard + marketing maven

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Emma Shimmens


Graduate of the University of Nottingham; passionate about education

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Melissa McDougall


Studied Screen Arts & Cultures at UMIch; passionate about documentary filmmaking, language-learning, and self-care

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Emily Ho


Studied Psychology at UC San Diego; Visual Communications at FIDM; Loves to learn; Soft skills guru

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Chris Ohman


Studied Musicology and Media at NYU; Helping everyone reach their goals with ops magic

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Emilyann Gachko


Studied Photography at Ramapo College; passionate about art, education, and getting outdoors.

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Timothy Moore


Learning experience designer; used to own a printers museum; studied industrial design at JMU

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Robbin Arcega


UC Davis grad in psychology and Japanese, escape room enthusiast, supposed polymath, edtech veteran

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James Andrews-Coulter


Design @ Curtin; learning nerd, minimalist, nomad.

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Peter Javorkai

UI Designer at Adidas

“I got a job offer from Adidas just before I started my second capstone project on UX Academy!”

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Sammy de Joya

UX Designer at Comrade Agency

“UX Academy was great. It helped give me the kick start that I needed to learn all the basic design concepts.”

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Wendy Pei

Product Designer at Microsoft

“The confidence I came out with really propelled me into the job hunt. I received several offers in just a month.”

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Celeste North

UX Designer at Backbase

“I learned sketching, wireframing, prototyping, UI kits, personas, and user flows. These are all key skills for my work.”

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Marko Vuletic


“What I really liked about the Designlab course were the assignments and the weekly mentor calls.”

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Tracy Lin

UX/UI Designer at TechStyle Fashion Group

“Those who encouraged and affirmed me turned out to be right, because I graduated and I got the job.”

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Jonathan Netek

UX / Visual Designer at Flightaware

“I already had 13 years in the design industry, but I still learned valuable new skills in UXA.”

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