The Future of the Design Founder

, Founder of Kinsights

Design is no longer a nice-to-have in today's early-stage companies. Where startups five years ago were golden if they had a couple great developers, many of today's most successful startups got there by wrangling great functionality together with a well-designed user experience. More than ever, this means having a designer as part of the founding team. I'll step through the role I have as a designer-founder, how it differs from working for an existing startup or an agency, and discuss some of the business concepts that are important to understand as you dive into building a company of your own.

The topics discussed will be driven by the interests of attendees, but may include:

  • How to know when to make the leap
  • Partners: who should they be, and are they necessary?
  • Fundraising strategy: who, when, how much?
  • Accelerators: are they the right move?
  • Hiring: who, when, how much?
  • Developing a design-oriented company culture.
  • Building product when you're on your own.
  • The Future of the Design Founder

    Rock Health

    615 Grant Ave Third Floor
    San Francisco, CA

    Thu, May 10th, 2012

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

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M. Jackson Wilkinson

Founder of Kinsights

M. Jackson Wilkinson is the founder, designer, and CEO of WeSprout, and formerly led design and UX teams at PosterousLinkedIn, and Viget. Jackson is also a mentor at Rock Health, an accelerator for healthcare startups.

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