Kleiner Perkins has been restructuring itself, and part of that plan has been to emphasize the importance of product design, and work with up and coming young designers. Kleiner’s new Design Partner, the former President of RISD John Maeda, announced on Tuesday that Kleiner’s 2014 design fellows program is now open for applications. Design-minded Kleiner companies include Nest, Flipboard, Jawbone, Spotify and Square.
VC firms are embracing design as the value of web and mobile apps becomes all about the design of the experience.
The experience design conference for the tech industry is just a week away. Come join us for Gigaom’s Roadmap conference in San Francisco.
For many, startups embody the ideals of passion, innovation and agility that can get lost in mature businesses. But John Maeda, president of RISD, says there is also plenty to admire in “end-ups.”
As the computer revolution has morphed into today’s web, design has a more important seat at the table. Not only is the web visual, but the data generated and the loss of hierarchy enabled by the web has created leadership challenges that good design can solve.
John Maeda, the President of the Rhode Island School of Design, and a pioneer of computer-based visual art at the MIT Media Lab, will take the stage at RoadMap, on November 5th in San Francisco, and talk about leadership, design and connected culture.
Former Google exec David Girouard’s Upstart wants to match promising, not-necessarily-techie college entrepreneurs with backers and mentors. The goal is to fuel the creation of a new generation of startups that would otherwise never see the light of day.