The Pitch
The Pitch
Nov 4, 2020
#99 The Friends & Family Gap
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In VC, before you pitch investors, you’re expected to get some initial cash from friends and family. Getting this money is a critical first step for a new startup. But what if your friends and family aren’t wealthy? Two founders tell us what that experience is like, and how it’s shaped the way VC investors view their companies.

Clever
Clever
Amy Devers + Jaime Derringer of Design Milk
Ep. 137 Biden/Harris Campaign Creative Director Robyn Kanner
Robyn Kanner’s personal story is twisty and beautifully American. Largely self-taught, she fought hard to find her voice, and has battled bullies, addiction and self-doubt on her path to purpose. She, alongside Carahna Magwood, led a design team that effectively imbued the Biden Harris ticket with an uplifting, hopefulness that stressed reliability, inclusive values and unification. From the hot pink Biden & Lady Gaga promos, to unifying red-blue gradients. Robyn’s is a story of acceptance, healing, hard work, creativity and community - and feels as bright and hopeful as a victory gradient. Images, links and more from Robyn Kanner! Many thanks to this episode’s sponsors: Helix To all our designer friends out there, Helix is one of the only “mattress in a box” companies that offers a designer trade discount—and it’s a good one at that! Just go to http://helixsleep.com/clever, sign up for the trade program, and once approved you will receive 25% off all products at all three of their brands. For regular customers, Helix is offering a great promo where you can receive up to $200 off your order plus 2 free dream pillows. Just visit http://helixsleep.com/clever to take the quiz and save up to $200 on your dream mattress Yellow Images Yellow Images is the number one marketplace of 40K high-quality premium mockups, creative fonts, Images 360°, and a creative store full of amazing graphic assets like lettering, icons, illustrations, pattern, textures, presets, brushes, UX & UI kits, and more. Use promo code CLEVER30 to get a 30% discount on your purchase right here. Don’t miss out! These coupons are limited, so first come - first served. Please say Hi on social! Twitter, Instagram and Facebook - @CleverPodcast, @amydevers, @designmilk If you enjoy Clever we could use your support! Please consider leaving a review, making a donation, becoming a sponsor, or introducing us to your friends! We love and appreciate you! Clever is hosted by Amy Devers and produced by 2VDE Media, with editing by Rich Stroffolino, production assistance from Laura Jaramillo and music by El Ten Eleven. Clever is proudly distributed by Design Milk. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/clever.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 3 min
The Crazy One
The Crazy One
Stephen Gates
Ep 111 #ShareTheMicNow: Dismantling White Supremacy in Design by Antionette Carroll
The fourth of the #ShareTheMicNow episodes was created by Antionette Carroll in conversation with David Clifford the founder of Design School X and Liberatory Design, and Timothy Bardlavens co-founder of &Design and Product Design Manager at Facebook discussing Dismantling White Supremacy in Design. *Antionette D. Carroll* is the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise designing healthy and racially equitable communities for Black and Latinx populations through education and training programs, community engagement consulting, an online national platform, and open-source tools and resources. Creative Reaction Lab is creating a collaborative youth-led, community-centered movement challenging racial inequities in the education, media, health and healthcare, and government and public service sectors. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. These experiences led to her background as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist. Antionette's personal mission in life is to challenge standards, make CHANGE, and CHAMPION approaches resulting in foundational and community impact. *David H. Clifford* has been an artist, designer, builder, and equity/social justice-oriented educator for almost 25 years building irresistible learning environments of belonging and creativity. David, a heterosexual, upper-middle-class, able-bodied White man, is the beneficiary of the generations of oppression of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and women. David identifies as a deviant of the dominant caste, using his legacy of privilege to challenge the very systems and structures of oppression that placed him in his unearned place of power. This self-awareness, coupled with his design/builder mindset and skill-set, equips David to rattle status quo cages found within the White worlds of education and the design, design thinking, and the shop class/maker communities. *Timothy Bardlavens* is a Product Design Leader, a Cultural Strategist, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) specialist, a Fellowship Co-Founder, and International Speaker & Facilitator. Currently, a Product Design Manager at Facebook, Timothy supports Community Experiences within the Facebook App, leading teams focused on new Member Experiences and Ecosystem Growth. Previously, he has led teams for Zillow’s newest venture, Zillow Offers—building the team and product vision of an end-to-end experience for buying, selling, financing and managing a home, all within the Zillow ecosystem. In addition to Microsoft, where his leadership focused on core UX and Intelligent (AI/ML) experiences in Outlook across all endpoints, platform experiences that span the O365 Suite and core browsing experiences in Edge. *SHOW NOTES: *http://thecrazy1.com/episode111/   *FOLLOW THE CRAZY ONE: *Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook
49 min
Design Better Podcast
Design Better Podcast
InVisionApp, Inc
Logitech's Jason Mayden: Leading with curiosity and humility
As we head into a new year—and leave behind a year that was challenging for just about everyone on the planet, with the hope that this year will be better for all—we wanted to share an interview with one of the most optimistic, creative, and insightful people we know: designer, entrepreneur, and educator Jason Mayden. When we first interviewed Jason in 2018 for one of our Design Better Conversations, we knew we had to get him on the podcast. He had such a unique perspective on design as a service to humanity that we sensed our audience would love to hear his story. We spoke with Jason on a wide range of topics, from how a near-death experience in childhood shaped his career and life, to how he maintains his energy and focus, to why being a polymath is an enormous advantage in today’s job market. We finish the interview on a topic that strays a little from our usual subjects but is ultimately more important: how through all of our individual struggles we can benefit from recognizing our shared humanity. Takeaways: * Learn what drove Jason to create his company SuperHeroic, and what he took away from the process. * Hear how servant leadership shapes his work and creativity. * Understand how Jason designs his life using tools like creative direction and brand strategy, Bio In his previous role at Nike, Jason oversaw the design and execution of all conceptual products, data-driven innovations, and inline lifestyle and performance product for Jordan Brand, as the Senior Global Design Director. During his 13+ year career at Nike, Mayden led and contributed to the creation of innovative sport performance products for athletes and cultural icons such as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan. In 2011, Mayden successfully received his Master’s in General Management and Social Innovation from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and shortly thereafter he returned to Nike as the Global Director of Innovation for Nike's Digital Sport division where he was responsible for the strategic investigation of new technologies and services, such as the Nike Fuel Band and the Nike+ platform. Currently, Jason is an advisor, d.Fellow and Media Designer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, a frequent lecturer at Stanford University’s prestigious Graduate School of Business, and an advisory board member to his undergraduate alma mater, the College for Creative Studies.
44 min
Being Freelance
Being Freelance
Being Freelance - The freelancing podcast with Steve Folland and a stack of inspiring freelancer stories
Snowballing success - Email Strategist and Conversion Copywriter Liz Painter
Liz had been working as a newspaper journalist for two years when she began helping her husband set up his freelance photography business. With her own freelance journalism work on the side as well, it soon got too much and Liz left the newspaper to focus on the businesses. It’s more than 15 years later now and both businesses are still going strong. Liz chats to Steve about how she’s learnt to find and manage clients, develop herself personally and professionally, and get more of the high-paying work she enjoys. This episode is sponsored by the very first Being Freelance course! Steve’s rolled up everything he’s learnt from over 6 years of conversations with more than 240 freelancers. There’s no ‘one way’ to be a successful freelancer, but this course will help you avoid the many mistakes that most of us make. Learn from our experiences. Find out more about the course. Looking to learn from and connect with other freelancers? Check out the website beingfreelance.com, and be part of the Being Freelance Community! You'll also find useful links for this episode. That's beingfreelance.com Like VIDEO? - Check out the Being Freelance vlog - YouTube.com/SteveFolland Who the hell is Steve Folland? You know how everyone bangs on about how powerful video and audio content can be? Yeah, well Steve helps businesses make it and make the most of it. Find out more at www.stevefolland.com Track him down on Twitter @sfolland or lay a trail of cake and he'll eventually catch you up.
49 min
Design Details
Design Details
Brian Lovin, Marshall Bock
381: Scope Creep
This week, we dive into scope creep: how to deal with it, how to avoid it, and how to build its inevitability into our workflow. In The Sidebar, Marshall shares some Smart Office tips for working at home.Latest VIP Patrons: * Kyle Conrad * Julia Chuanyan Wu * Eli Horne * Kjartan Kennedy * First Name Last Name * Tri Nguyen * Avni Levy * Keli * Natalie Krick * peng zheng * May ChenThe Sidebar: The Sidebar is an exclusive weekly segment for our Patreon supporters. You can subscribe starting at $1 per month for access to full episodes going forward! Sign up at https://patreon.com/designdetails. In this week's Sidebar, Marshall outlines a smart home setup for people who are working at home with a significant other.Main Topic: Jessica Perelman asks: _How do you deal with random and out of scope ideas from stakeholders?_Cool Things: * Brian shared: * And Then There Were None, a wonderfully delightful mystery from Agatha Christie. If you read this, follow it immediately with the 2015 miniseries by the same name. * WandVision is kicking off Phase 4 of the MCU. The first few episodes are...weird, but good. Give ‘em a watch if you like Marvel. * Marshall shared: * If you were into Marshall’s past recommendation, Robert Parker, you might also enjoy Kavinsky * Night Candy by Mattie Maguire – 80’s elevator music?Design Details on the Web: * 📻 We are @designdetailsfm * 🎙 Brian is @brian_lovin * 🎙 Marshall is @marshallbock * 📬 Don't have Twitter? Email us at designdetailsfm@gmail.com * 🙌 Support us on Patreon - your support literally makes this show possible. Thank you ❤️ * ❓ Got a question? Ask it on our Listener Questions Hub, and we'll do our best to answer it on the show :) * ⭐️ Enjoying the show? Leave us a review on iTunes Ten little soldier boys...
24 min
UI Breakfast: UI/UX Design and Product Strategy
UI Breakfast: UI/UX Design and Product Strategy
Jane Portman
Episode 203: Designing for Financial Services with Rob Gifford
Designing for financial apps hides many UX challenges. Is it all about fancy dashboards? How do you balance simplicity and information density?. Our guest today is Rob Gifford, Managing Director of Experience Design at Mad*Pow. He shares his story in the profession, and provides resources, examples, research, and inspiration for anyone looking to delve into financial product design. _Podcast feed:_ subscribe to https://feeds.simplecast.com/4MvgQ73R in your favorite podcast app, and follow us on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play Music.Show Notes * Mad*Pow — Rob’s company * Episode 162: Designing for Behavior Change with Amy Bucher * Episode 140: Sustainable UX with James Christie * A Brief Introduction to the COM-B Model of Behaviour and the PRIM Theory of Motivation — an article by Robert West and Susan Michie * BJ Fogg — the Stanford University behavior design researcher known for the Fogg Behavior Model * Episode 131: Design Sprint with Jonathan Courtney * The Paradox of Choice — a book by Barry Schwartz * Self-determination theory — a Wikipedia article * Lemonade insurance, Betterment, Credit Karma, Mint — examples of user-friendly financial apps * Engaged — a book by Amy Bucher, recommended by Rob as a great introduction to behavioral design * Design for Behavior Change — a book by Steven Wendel * Madpow’s upcoming events * Madpow’s case studies * giffordux.com — Rob’s personal website * Follow Rob on LinkedIn and TwitterToday’s Sponsor This episode is brought to you by Userlist — a lifecycle messaging tool for SaaS companies. It’s perfect for sending smart onboarding campaigns, or any other behavior-based communication. We have everything you need to get started quickly and painlessly: developer-friendly API, campaign templates, and hands-on support from the founders. Try Userlist free at userlist.com. _Interested in sponsoring an episode?_ Learn more here.Leave a Review Reviews are hugely important because they help new people discover this podcast. If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave a review on iTunes. Here’s how.
34 min
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