Phin Barnes Principal First Round CapitalPhin is a seed stage investor with First Round Capital. He worked at AND 1 from "day 2" and founded a fitness video game company. He believes deeply in the power of products and services that move people and think design is the bridge between pixels and human emotion.
Jonathan Berger Engineering Manager, DesignerPivotal LabsJonathan Berger is a designer, developer and technologist who's been active in the NYC technology scene since around 2005, helping to organize events like the Agile Experience Design Meetup, Startup Weekend, Barcamp, Fashioncamp, and IgniteNYC. He spends his days building software with Pivotal Labs and his nights and weekend
Eric Burd Vice President, ProductTheLaddersEric Burd is Vice President of Product for TheLadders, where he leads the product and creative teams in developing and executing its customer-focused vision. He joined the company in 2008 and is based in the New York headquarters. Eric joined TheLadders from SchoolNet, a leading provider of data-driven education software. In his role as Vice President of Product Marketing, he ensured that its products optimized operational efficiency for increasing student achievement and teacher quality. Previously, Eric was a Director with SeedCo, a national nonprofit organization that ad
Giff Constable Founding PartnerProofGiff is an early-stage specialist with 16 years of startup experience and a skill set that merges product management, UX design, front-end development, and sales/marketing. He has built and marketed consumer applications, games, and enterprise software, and has created digital experiences for many of the biggest companies in the world. Awarded "Product Person of the Year" in NYC for 2011, he co-organizes the Lean Startup Meetup in New York and regularly speaks about innovation and entrepreneurial best practices. He has also spoken at major conferences like NRF and GDC, as well as through media
Will Evans Manager, User Experience DesignTheLaddersWill Evans is Manager, Experience Design for TheLadders in New York City with 15 years industry experience in interaction design, information architecture, and user experience strategy. His experiences include directing UX for social network analytics and terrorism risk modeling at AIR Worldwide, UX Architect for Gather.com, and UX Architect for travel search engine Kayak.com. He worke
Jennifer Gergen Associate Creative DirectorTheLaddersJen Gergen is in essence a mad, nerdy, librarian trying to masquerade as a chic designer combining the passion of Picasso with the cunning and wit of a Boston Terrier. Since making the transition to agile, she's been scheming up ways to reduce the friction between the design process and the development process by championing a collaborative, hands-on, hack-it-till-we-launch-it methodology. She's currently an Associate Creative Director at TheLadders, but she's been designing websites for 12 years at places like Interactive One, Atmosphere BBDO, and Behavior Design. Though she currently lives i
Jeff Gothelf Founding PartnerProofJeff Gothelf has spent a 14 year career as an interaction designer, Agile practitioner, user experience team leader and blogger. He is one of the leading voices on the topic of Agile UX and Lean UX. In addition, Jeff is the author of the upcoming O'Reilly book (2012), Lean UX: Getting Out of the Deliverables Business. Jeff has led cross-functional product design teams at TheLadders, Publicis Modem, WebTrends, Fidelity, AOL while maintaining a strong advisory and mentorship presence in the startup communities of New York City and Silicon Valley.
Lane Halley Program DirectorLUXr: The Lean UX CompanyLane is is a product designer infused with entrepreneurial energy. In her work as an agile coach and design consultant, she helps cross-functional teams understand their project domain, develop empathy with users and engage in creative collaboration. Lane brings a wide range of experience from her work as a freelance, agency and in-house designer for companies at all stages from start up through enterprise. Lane is a member of the Balanced Team working group and a Program Director at LUXr, the Lean UX Company. She blogs at
Anders Ramsay Experience Designer and Agile UX CoachIndependentAnders Ramsay is a veteran User Experience Designer and a regular speaker, panelist, and organizer of events and conferences. Since designing and building his first commercial website in the mid-90's, Anders has been an obsessive and passionate explorer of ways to more effectively bridge the Yes/No world of computers with the Maybe-this/Maybe-that world of people. As a former designer at agencies, multi-nationals, and startups, his background spans the gamut of the UX practice, with clients including AOL, CBS, FOX, JP Morgan, Lonely Planet, McGraw-Hill, Sony Pictures, Turner Broadcasting, Viac
Josh Seiden Founding PartnerProofJosh Seiden is a co-founder of Proof, a product innovation studio based in NYC. He is also the NYC Program Director for LUXr's, the Lean User Experience Residency for early-stage startups. A founder and past-president of the IxDA, he is a UX designer, manager, and coach with more than 20 years experience working in technology and design.
Tomer Sharon User Experience ResearcherGoogleTomer Sharon is a user experience researcher at Google Search and author of the book, It's Our Research (2012). He founded and led UPA Israel and is the co-founder and organizer of leanUXmachine, a weekend of UX learning, collaboration, and mentorship for Israeli startups. He speaks at conferences and professional events, is a published author of articles and papers, and a past editorial board member for UPA's UX Magazine. Tomer holds a master’s degree in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley
Neil Wehrle VP, User ExperienceBetaworksNeil Wehrle is the VP of Product Experience at betaworks, a new medium company based in New York City. Neil has been instrumental in the success of Bit.ly and Chartbeat, in addition to several other betaworks companies. He previously worked at Yahoo!, Razorfish, Schoolnet, and Morningstar. He received his Masters of Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family.
Todd Zaki Warfel Principal DesignermessagefirstTodd Zaki Warfel is a designer, serial entrepreneur, craftsman and foodie. He’s the founder and principal designer at messagefirst, a design consultancy focused on helping companies make products and services that are beautiful, useful and a pleasure to use. He’s also the co-founder of Nimbly Apps, creators of Reframer, the collaborative, team driven decision app. Ask Todd what he does for a living and tell you he’s just a designer. He believes design is a holistic practice, a craft, and like any great artisan, he t