Ryan Donahue is a creative leader who has built his career at the intersection of design and entrepreneurship. He founded BookFresh – the leading online bookings platform for small businesses (acquired by Square in Feb 2014) and FreshGuide (acquired by PopSugar in June 2010). He served as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SV Angel – a San Francisco based venture capital firm.
Early in his career, Ryan was a founding member of PayPal’s design and user research group. Currently, he is VP of Product Design at Zendesk (NYSE:ZEN) where he challenges a global team of world class UX designers and researchers to always think more entrepreneurially.
In this lecture, Ryan explores the distinct advantages that designers have as startup founders and looks at how the success of designer-founded companies such as Air B&B and Pinterest have recently popularized the notion of a CEO with a design background. But what are the unique advantages and challenges that designers face when pursuing the path of entrepreneurship?
Ryan will share his experiences as an entrepreneur/designer and will offer several practical tips for those with aspirations of designing a startup of their own.
When: 5-6pm – Tues, Aug 26th, 2014
Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK