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Founded by designers, Designer Fund's team and network of advisors bring the best knowledge of how to use design to build iconic companies.
Co-founder, Managing Partner
Previously, Ben was a design lead at Facebook for over 5 years where he helped build products for nearly a billion people and grow Facebook’s world-class design team. He was also the design director at Varien which he helped build into one of the world’s leading e-commerce firms and a designer at CBS where he designed many of their prime time show web experiences.
Co-founder, Managing Partner
Previously, Enrique was a designer at venture capital firms, including 500 Startups, Facebook’s fbFund, and Venrock, where he helped invest in companies like Lyft (NASDAQ: LYFT), Wildfire (acquired by Google) and Behance (acquired by Adobe). He's a Stanford University alum, former Division 1 soccer player and senior lecturer at the Stanford dschool.
Design Partner, Advisor
Designer, entrepreneur, engineer. Adjunct Professor at Stanford. Recently created Ozlo (acquired by Facebook).
Design Program Manager, Advisor
Designer of communities, environments and experiences. Worked at organizations of all scales, from the founding team of a startup to Google.
Content & Marketing
Founder of Paladar Studio, a small creative shop that helps great organizations with artful storytelling. Previously led marketing programs at Asana.
Design Program Manager
Designer of products, programs, and ventures across education, women's leadership, and menstrual health. Previously worked at IDEO.
Lauren Michael is a multi-disciplinary designer and producer of Designer Fund's Design for Business Impact series.
Maya is the Principal at Blumenfeld Legal, where she provides results-oriented legal services as counsel for entrepreneurs, technology companies, venture funds, and investors.
Alexander Diehl is a German-born entrepreneur. He founded KKLD*, a Berlin and NYC based digital and innovation agency, which was acquired by WPP in 2012. Alexander has been a Senior Advisor to BMW iVentures in New York City since its launch in 2011.
Alissa is a strategic and energetic design leader with a passion for building top-notch teams. She's scaled design, research, and content organizations from 5 to 75+ and is currently Director of Design at Autodesk.
I invest in lots of things - startups, stocks, credit opportunities and real estate. Previously founding member and General Partner at IA Ventures and equity analyst at Millennium.
Dan leads the Product Design teams at Instagram building long-form content ecosystems and creator monetization products. Previously, he led design and product teams at Airbnb, Square, Strava, and others.
Dan is an entrepreneur, advisor and occasional investor who loves working closely with founding teams at the start of their journey.
Daniel is an award-winning designer, entrepreneur, and investor. He's the CEO of Flow, which is a modern productivity platform for teams — driving output, impact, and alignment. Daniel is also an early-stage investor with a portfolio of over 100 companies including Stripe, Gusto, Notion, Palantir, and Superhuman. He's also the founder and managing partner at Mighty and Mighty Foundation. Might focuses on starting, building, and investing in enduring businesses; and Mighty Foundation focuses on giving back in ways that help reconnect us all to nature and wildlife.
Dantley leads design and research at Twitter. Prior to joining Twitter, Dantley was at Facebook where he led product design for Stories, News Feed, and Video. He spent 7 years at Netflix, where he was responsible for design and product strategy for television and mobile experiences
Humane interface and systems designer with a focus on ethics, inclusivity, and equity.
Former Director of Design at Abstract, Advisor at Designer Fund
Kat Vellos is a senior user experience designer, author, speaker, coach and facilitator. Her passion is helping people connect authentically. She’s researched, designed, and advised on the user experience of countless flows in digital products serving millions of people at companies like Slack and Pandora, and created community for hundreds more as the founder of Bay Area Black Designers.
Jared is the Head of Design at Lattice
Scott Tong is a startup advisor. Previously he was an EIR at IMO Ventures, head of product design at Pinterest, co-founder at IFTTT, and principal designer at IDEO.
Steve is General Partner at Foundation Capital, where he works at the intersection of business, technology, and design. He has led investments in, and served on the boards of, Sunrun [RUN], Control4 [CTRL], Bolt Threads, Cerebras, Mode, Simple Habit, ForUsAll, Framer, Pocket, and Sentient Energy.
Willem Van Lancker
Designer, entrepreneur, and product builder. Investor at Thrive Capital. Former founder of Oyster.
Yi is a design and product advisor focused on pre-product market fit startups. He was previously the second designer at Dropbox for 9 years and a designer at Google for 4 years.