Pessimism loves company. Optimism makes companies.
7 January 2017

While working at KPCB in Silicon Valley, I became a huge fan of startups. I was lucky to have the opportunity to advise executive teams at over a hundred startups at all stages of development on how to best leverage design. At the same time, I was also lucky to get to advise CEO John Donahoe on how to advance design at the “macro” level across all of eBay Inc., as has been recently summarized in this Stanford GSB case study.

As I’ve taken my startup ad-venture to heart, I’ve personally partnered with the many founders and co-founders listed here. They seek to transform how we work, rest, live, and play, by design.

Negative Underwear
Co-Founders Marissa Vosper and Lauren Schwab
Designed by women for comfort, and style.

Canopy
Co-Founders Brian Armstrong and Shannon Fox
Community curating Amazon.com.

Awair
Co-Founders Ronald Ro and Kevin Cho
Be aware of what you breathe

Radical Candor
Co-Founders Kim Scott and Russ Laraway
Make bosses into great ones.

Tatcha
Co-Founders Victoria Tsai, Brad Murray,
Akane Imai, Yurie Pascarella
Skincare inspired by Geisha rituals.

LittleBits
Founder Ayah Bdeir
STEAM learning for everyone.

Walker and Co.
Founder Tristan Walker
Health and beauty care for people of color.

Superpedestrian
Founder Assaf Biderman
Robotic assistive bicycle wheel.

Crave
Co-Founders Michael Topolovac and Ti Chang
Jewelry that doubles as sex toys.

Nylas
Co-Founders Michael Grinich and Christine Spang
Email for people and teams.