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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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Renee Tracy

Product

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

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Gina Medranda

Support

Studied Art and Design at CCNY; obsessed with Customer Happiness

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Austin Basallo

Operations

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

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Diego Torres-Galvan

Support

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

Product

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

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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James Andrews-Coulter

Mentorship

Design @ Curtin; learning nerd, minimalist, nomad.

Designlab by the numbers

Thousands of students have taken our courses.

Students Enrolled

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Mentors

Over 400 industry professionals from tech’s hottest companies

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Cory M Burnett

Xeeva

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Sean

Help Scout

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Brad Weaver

Nine Labs

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Tara Hosseinipour

Huge

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Sebas Ribas

Squarespace

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Jenna Law

Plexus Design

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Ivana McConnell

Customer.io

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Cindy Chang

Intercom

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Ben Sykes

UXJOBS

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Paul Kim

Dropbox

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Benjamin Tutin

Innate Design

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Jeff Kloosterman

Redbox

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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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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

Freelancer

“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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