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Our Team

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

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Harish Venkatesan

Founder/CEO

Built product at Venmo & Grubwithus; graduated from UPenn

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Daniel Shapiro

Founder/CTO

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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Austin Basallo

Operations

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

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Mandy Kerr

People Ops

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

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Alexa Harrison

Content Writer

Studied English at UMass; word wizard + marketing maven

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Emma Shimmens

Admissions

Graduate of the University of Nottingham; passionate about education

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Melissa McDougall

Support

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

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Emily Ho

Product

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

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Chris Ohman

Operations

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

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Emilyann Gachko

Admissions

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

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Timothy Moore

Curriculum

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

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Robbin Arcega

Curriculum

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

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Crystal Campbell

Mentorship

I like lots of things. I'm curious. I am a storyteller. I design experiences to engage people.

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Guido Baratta

Mentorship

Design Director at Samsung, TripAdvisor, NYT, and many more. Atlantic crossing sailor, wannabe TV host & private jet pilot.

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Zeynep Ozkasim

Support

Studied French Language and Literature at University of Hacettepe & UniversitΓ© Toulouse.

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Nicole Locklair

Partnerships

Studied advertising, design, and education; passionate about connecting people to opportunities.

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Nicola Bolton

Software Development

UI developer with a background in design; passionate about making things that make a difference.

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Joseph Cane

Support

Studied Art; passionate about design, education, and helping others.

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Rudi Goddard

Admissions

International & Areas Studies and Chinese at Kalamazoo College. Passionate about life-long learning. Public transit geek. Wants to try that wine.

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Sam Friedman

Design

Studied Studio Art and English at Skidmore College; instructor of design at Pratt Institute’s SCPS; lifelong learner; pencil + sketchbook at the ready.

Designlab by the numbers

Thousands of students have taken our courses.

Students Enrolled

9,000+

Project Submissions

300,000+

1-on-1 Mentor Sessions

60,000+

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440,000+

Mentors

Over 400 industry professionals from tech’s hottest companies

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Cassandra Cappello

Microsoft

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Chandresh Gandhi

Walmart Global Tech

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Jarvis Moore

World Wide Technology

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Peter Javorkai

Adidas

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Keith Tatum

Visibility Experiements

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Jaskharan

Mettle

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Helena Barreiras

Toptal

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Muhammad Junaid

Toptal

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Victoria Fassola

Mercado Libre

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Rachee Jacobs

Houzz

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Zoie Zhu

Branding Brand

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Kelly Dern

Google

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Students

Our international student community is formed of driven, aspiring designers who work together to achieve their career goals

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Jeanmarie Levy

UX Designer at Code For America

“Honestly, the community of Designlab was crucial for my learning and success.”

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Emily Pak

UX Designer at Amazon

“The fast pace of UX Academy definitely mimics the deadlines of the real design world.”

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Rachel Carton

UX Designer at Microsoft

“I’ve learned so much from working with other established designers, both through Designlab and at Microsoft.”

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Erik Gartzke

UX Designer at SpaceCAMP

“I would not have gotten where I am today without the UX Academy program at Designlab.”

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Alvin Kuang

Product Designer at Glassdoor

“My career coach offered me so much advice and perspectives that I would otherwise be unaware about.”

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Hannah Cunningham

Product Designer at Royal Caribbean Cruises

“I really think I learned more in UX Academy than I did my entire four years of business school.”

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Carlos Castro

UX Designer at American Express

“My mentor 1-on-1s helped me to remain open to criticism and to iterate constantly.”

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