The Start

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Duane King is an Interactive Creative Director and Designer, in Portland. Duane's one of the most knowledgeable and resourceful designers I’ve met. Today we sit down to talk about the longevity and sustainability of design, starting two busines
Kerem Suer is a Product Designer at Operator, in San Francisco. Before that Kerem worked with FitBit and Omada Health. We talk about being motivated at work through seeing improvements in your own offline life through the products. Kerem grew u
Jed Schmidt is a JavaScript Developer at Uniqlo in NY. Before that Jed lived in Tokyo and worked as a Japanese Translator. We talk about the huge shift in jobs, and how it feels to be working in a field that was once his hobby! Jed also was a f
Yaron Schoen is a Human Interface Designer and Product Designer in NY. Currently Yaron is working at Compass Inc., building a more sophisticated and tech-first real-estate company. Before that Yaron had a plentitude of work experiences - from a
Yoko Sakao Ohama is a Designer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and works at Squarespace. Aside from being an awesome designer, Yoko is also a dancer. In her spare time, she writes Why Aren't We Dancing - a curated newsletter about interesting dance
Today we sat down with Liang, the Creative Director at Soma Water in New York. We talk about full-time vs freelance work, ego in design and the importance of showing your results rather than showing your work. Liang is hilarious and has sort of
Andy Mangold is a designer and co-founder of Friends of the Web in Baltimore, MD. On today's episode, we talk about defining what kind of designer your are, what it's like to work with your friends, and how he started his first company at the a
Scott Riley is a Product Designer and an Emergency Front-End Developer who worked at Pact Coffee and joined the podcast from England at 6am. We talk about gaming, curiosity, and privilege. Scott joined the podcast all the way in from England (
Pavan is a full-time software consultant at GrayBike, in San Francisco. He explains exactly what that title means, and how he uses technology, design and code to solve other people’s business problems. He explains the transition from the corpor
On this week’s episode we sit down with Jenn Schiffer to talk about her journey into the tech industry and its future. Our interview was a perfect mix between serious and hilarious — sort of what Jenn’s all about. On paper, she’s an open web en
On this week’s episode we sit down with Corey Grusden to talk about online vs offline communities, learning processes and a bunch of old computer games from the 80's. Corey works for So Fetch, but he started programming when computers tied up p
In this week’s episode we sit down with Una Kravets to talk about emigrating from the Ukraine, falling in love with tech, and being the youngest person in the room. Una works for IBM's Design Lab, as a front-end developer on the cloud platform
With Season 3 in the books I wanted to recap the episodes and some things that stood out to me. Themes, if you will. This season we spoke about commitment, saying yes before you can say no, life outside of the industry, digital overdosing, bein
For the final guest of the season we brought Dan Mall on the show to talk about his life, professionally and personally. Dan has done a lot in his life and he was incredibly open in sharing it with us. In a nut shell, we talked about his “faile
Randy’s life is a mix of thought-out steps and going where life takes him. In his professional career he’s managed to try various hats at a small shop in Orlando, get his masters from SVA, start Citizen Scholar, Inc, create The Supermarket and
This is by far one of our favorite episodes. I’ve known Andrew for a while and he’s definitely the developer I hope I become one day. His determination, his patience, his bad ass tattoos all make up the man that Andrew Norcross is. But lets mak
In this episode we chat with Keenan Cummings about risks. Those we take on purpose and those that just happen. In Keenan’s case, those risks defined his career as a designer. When asked what Keenan wanted to do as a teenager he responded very s
Yesenia Perez Cruz is known by most as a designer but after this week we like to say she’s a designer and student. She’s had the privilege to work at great companies like Happy Cog and Intuitive Company designing websites, apps and interfaces f
On a very philosophical level, this episode explores a lot of interesting facts about life when you listen “between the lines.” To start, a loving mother with a strong background in education raised Claudina. So when she decided to leave colleg
Ben is a self-taught developer, and designer, who specializes in JavaScript. He got his start the same way a lot of us did - by “googling it.” Even years into the game he still googles stuff, too. Ben grew as a developer by necessities as his p
Karolina Szczur is a designer, developer and photographer living in Kraków, Poland. Karolina started working at a very young age as a fortuneteller for an online future teller company - randomly, we know - and has found work opportunities onlin
Jen Mussari is a freelance lettering artist and illustrator. She’s never worked for anyone else and plans on keeping it that way. Her skills and fine-arts background helped her produce great work for clients like Squarespace, Airbnb, Kickstarte
Chatting with Karl proves our lives can take us anywhere, and each destination has a purpose. In Karl’s life he’s worked in two professions, music and development. He’s worked in Australia, Europe and currently resides in New York City. As a ki
Lara Hogan is a Senior Engineering Manager of Performance at Etsy. A lot of Lara can be summed up in one word - commitment. Her level of decisiveness is definitely admirable and something I hope to achieve in my career in general. Overall, the
Patrick & Nick, hosts of The Start, reflect on Season 2. We talk about our favorite episodes, reoccurring themes throughout the season and moments of that really stuck with us. We also chat about our fun, out-of-the-ordinary interview with Jess
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