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Friday, May 6 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Rise of the Design-trepreneur

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Designers excel in the same roles that make for successful entrepreneurs—to build and to make, to solve problems iteratively and strategically, to bring the user into focus, and to create business value. It’s no surprise that 36% of top venture-backed startups had a designer as a cofounder this year, or that many of the world’s most innovative companies were founded by designtrepreneurs (Airbnb, Vimeo, Pinterest, Slack, and Warby Parker just to name a few). 

As young designers enter the workforce, many wonder, “Why not me? Why aren’t I behind the businesses I help grow?” This collision of creativity to capitalism has inspired designers of all types to start their own companies—working as freelancers, founding technologies or products, and building their own agencies from the ground up. Our panel of Columbus designtrepreneurs talk through what this means for our industry, how design is evolving and changing, and how this affects the startup landscape.

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Lacey Picazo

Founder & Principal, ZoCo Design
An award winning creative and avid supporter of the Columbus startup community, Lacey is the founder of ZoCo Design, a leading brand strategy and user experience design agency. She has built a reputation in preparing brands for what’s next—identifying opportunities that incite... Read More →

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Catherine Lang-Cline

Founder, Portfolio Creative
Catherine spent more than 20 years in the creative industry as a designer for corporations and ad agencies, both as an employee and as a freelancer. Catherine felt that there needed to be a place to help artists find work and help clients find talent. So with her co-founder, Kristen... Read More →
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Jeff Packard

Owner, Jump Creative
Jeff spent the early part of his 20+ year career developing his creative skills at The Wexner Center for the Arts, the middle of his career refining his strategic thinking at a nationally recognized branding agency, and most recently, putting them together at Jump Creative, a strategic... Read More →
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Jeremy Slagle

Principal, Slagle Design
Jeremy Slagle always knew he’d become a designer someday. As a kid, he drew everything and anything he could think of, hung out with the designers at the advertising agency where his mom worked, and constantly took things apart to better understand them. Always looking for new... Read More →
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Ray Walker

Founder, Stitch House LLC
Ray Walker is an industrial designer with 20+ years of experience.  He has designed and developed consumer products and retail environments for a wide range of companies, from small cutting edge consulting design firms to large billion dollar corporations. Ray grew up in Dayton... Read More →

Friday May 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Chase Basecamp at Vue - Main Stage 95 Liberty St Columbus, OH 43215