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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Madi Waggoner

Director of Operations

Studied at University of Colorado (UCCS); also a UX Academy graduate

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Andrew Wilshere

Content & Design

PhD in Philosophy from University of Manchester; previously project manager

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Edgar Salazar

Software Development

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

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Will Anderson

Growth & Sales

Graduated from Transylvania University in History; previously led partnerships at Crew

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Renee Tracy

Operations

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

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Teresa Lamb

Front-End

UX Designer turned Developer; studied at Florida State & New York University

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Sandy Chen

Mentorship

Digital product design strategy, mentorship; MFA from Parsons Design & Technology

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Lauren Lankford

Student Success

Studied at New York University; created partnerships at Digiday

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Manuela Odell

Business Development

BD & Partnerships at Luxe & CardFlight; graduated from Bates College

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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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Josh Parolin

Operations

Engineering at JUST & Zendesk; Ran a hostel in a rainforest

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Annie Devine

Design

UMich & UXA graduate; Designer with a background in marketing & software development

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Maria Jennings

Copywriting

Political aide turned designer and writer, UC Santa Cruz and UXA grad

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Joey Kirk

Curriculum

Product Designer & Design Educator; graduated from Texas Tech

Designlab by the numbers

Thousands of students have taken our courses.

Students Enrolled

3,000+

Project Submissions

55,000+

1-on-1 Mentor Sessions

14,000+

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70,000+

Mentors

Over 400 industry professionals from tech’s hottest companies

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#Alan#

Innospace Lab

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Kehinde Akinnusoye

Gigster

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Sangeeta Balasubramani

Periscope Data

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Dominik Vรคyrynen

Shopify

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Diana Santos

Intelia

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Ben Sykes

UXJOBS

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Brenon Kalu

AppNexus

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Jonathan Maimon

Freelance

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Antonio Pratas

pratas.co

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Chad Trutt

Adaptive Health, LLC

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Tara Hosseinipour

Huge

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Peter Ryan

Symplicity

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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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