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Who Gets Billion-Dollar Acquisitions?

Oculus VR acquired by Facebook for $2 Billion in 2014 WhatsApp acquired by Facebook for $19 Billion in 2014 AirWatch acquired by VMware for $1.54 Billion in 2014 Nest acquired by Google for $3.2 Billion in 2013 SoftLayer acquired by IBM for $2 Billion in 2013 Tumblr acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 Billion in 2013 [Keep Reading...]

The Design Advisor: Why Every Startup Needs One

All startups start with an idea, a founder’s desire to invent something new. They invest time and money into bringing the idea to life, and a series of thoughts become a product. But more often than not, these thoughts are instincts, not insights. And eventually the product fails. Design turns an invention into a solution. [Keep Reading...]

The User Experience Process for the Seamless iPad App

The Data One week after Seamless, the leading online food ordering service, released their first iPad app in March 2012, the app hit #1 in the App Store’s Lifestyle category. Today it maintains 4.5 stars with more than 6,000 ratings and reviews. “By far the best menu application available for iPad…” “I couldn’t imagine not [Keep Reading...]

If VCs Understood UX…

They would… …value design, not design value. …seek out mentality, not ideas. …fund process, not product. …demand customer insights, not instincts. …prep for testing days, not demos days. …commission research, not follow trends. …study anthropology, sociology and psychology, not just management, economics and statistics. …foster collaboration, not competition. …care about people, not percentages. …cherish sign-ins, [Keep Reading...]

When a Design Firm Fails

When I got off the phone with them, I felt the need to rage eat. This is never a good sign. Instead I chose to pour myself a glass of wine. Three weeks in and I’ve yet to have any shred of contact with the designer who’s actually doing the work. Instead the mockups are [Keep Reading...]

Designing the Company, Not the Product

In April, I posted a tweet that became one of my most retweeted of all time. Designing the product is all for naught if you don’t first take the time to design the organization. — Whitney Hess (@whitneyhess) April 20, 2012 It was a single statement that was the culmination of 9 months of identity [Keep Reading...]

I’m off to SXSW 2012 to speak and play

Four years ago I had never even heard of South by Southwest, and now I’m on a plane heading to Austin for my 4th time attending and 3rd time speaking at the most raucous and depraved interactive technology festival on the planet. I mean that in the best way possible :) I’m trembling with excitement [Keep Reading...]