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design MBA is a real life MBA for designers. You will learn how to launch a side hustle and level up your design career from interviews with rockstar designers. I'm your host Jayneil Dalal. New episodes are released every other week on Mondays.

design MBA Jayneil Dalal

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    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

design MBA is a real life MBA for designers. You will learn how to launch a side hustle and level up your design career from interviews with rockstar designers. I'm your host Jayneil Dalal. New episodes are released every other week on Mondays.

    Choosing Impact Over Scale - Dan Mall (Founder @ SuperFriendly)

    Choosing Impact Over Scale - Dan Mall (Founder @ SuperFriendly)

    My guest today is Dan Mall who is the founder of SuperFriendly

    In this episode, we discuss the following:

    - Dan Mall Bio
    - Why do freelance design compared to work in house as a designer at FAANG?
    - Dealing with red tape, politics while working as a designer
    - Starting the design agency SuperFriendly
    - Turning SuperFriendly into a design collective
    - How to run a network based business
    - Who's a good fit for running a network based business
    - Raise venture capital or not
    - Benefits of trying different things
    - Winding down the SuperFriendly Collective despite generating millions of dollars in revenue
    - Choosing to focus on impact over scale
    - Coaching design teams on design systems
    - Feeling fulfilled with creative work
    - Do you have to sacrifice money when choosing impact over scale
    - Advice for designers who are worried about choosing between scale and impact with side projects
    - How to contact Dan Mall

    For show notes, guest bio, and more, please visit:
    www.designmba.show

    • 43 min
    Becoming a Designer in Web3 - Yitong Zhang (Cofounder @ Vector DAO)

    Becoming a Designer in Web3 - Yitong Zhang (Cofounder @ Vector DAO)

    My guest today is Yitong Zhang who is the cofounder of Vector DAO.

    In this episode, we discuss the following:

    - Yitong Zhang Bio
    - Transitioning from being founder to doing a job
    - Discovering and learning about crypto
    - Why join Coinbase as a designer
    - How to get started as a designer in crypto
    - What if you want a job in crypto but don't have crypto related design work
    - Difficulty of staying up to date with crypto if you don't really like it
    - What is Vector DAO
    - Time commitments if you want to join Vector DAO
    - Crazy compensations in crypto and risks
    - Losing $30,000 in crypto due to a hack
    - How Vector DAO does background check on clients to avoid exit scams
    - Downside of proving people wrong
    - Leaving full time job at Coinbase and starting Vector DAO
    - Knowing what game you are playing
    - Power of asking dumb questions
    - Advice for designers who want to break into web3
    - How to contact Yitong Zhang

    For show notes, guest bio, and more, please visit:
    www.designmba.show

    • 41 min
    Making of a Design Founder - Jessica Ko (Founder @ Playbook)

    Making of a Design Founder - Jessica Ko (Founder @ Playbook)

    My guest today is Jessica Ko who is the founder/CEO at Playbook

    In this episode, we discuss the following:

    - Jessica Ko Bio
    - Doing things that make you high
    - Being a founder/entrepreneur is not for everyone
    - How to know if you are ready to become a design founder
    - Why you shouldn't rush to become a design leader
    - Benefits of starting something when you are older
    - Pros/Cons of becoming a design founder
    - Insecurities of being an inexperienced young founder
    - Why it's easy for a design founder to hire designers
    - How does a design founder balance spending time between design and other areas
    - How to level up in areas other than design as a design founder
    - Managing work/life balance as a design founder
    - Advice for designers who want to become founders someday

    For show notes, guest bio, and more, please visit:
    www.designmba.show

    • 59 min
    Making of a Design Manager - Connie Yang (Head of Payments Design @ Stripe)

    Making of a Design Manager - Connie Yang (Head of Payments Design @ Stripe)

    My guest today is Connie Yang who is the Head of Payments Design at Stripe.

    In this episode, we discuss the following:

    - Connie Yang Bio
    - Compensation for Design manager vs individual contributor designer
    - How to know if you are ready for design leadership
    - Improving your design craft before becoming a design manager
    - Demonstrating leadership before becoming a design manager
    - Focusing less on design work as a design manager
    - Why hiring only senior designers is a bad idea
    - Fear of getting a design hire wrong
    - Having performance related conversations with direct reports
    - Adapting your leadership style for different people
    - Unplugging and taking time off as a design manager
    - What if you realize design leadership is not for you
    - Managing your side hustles if you become a design leader
    - What do design managers get asked in an interview
    - How to contact Connie Yang

    For show notes, guest bio, and more, please visit:
    www.designmba.show

    • 58 min
    Designing a 6 Figure Figma Course - Michael Riddering (Founder @ Figma Academy)

    Designing a 6 Figure Figma Course - Michael Riddering (Founder @ Figma Academy)

    My guest today is Michael Riddering aka Ridd who is the founder of Figma Academy, an advanced level course on Figma.

    In this episode, we discuss the following:

    - Michael Riddering Bio
    - Feeling of launching a new product
    - What is Figma Academy
    - Why create a course on Figma
    - How long does it take to create a course on Figma
    - Pivoting from finance, venture capital field to design
    - Collaborating with MDS
    - Twists and turns along the Figma Academy journey
    - Waiting for ideas to marinate before implementing
    - Landing the founding designer gig at Maven
    - Finding synergies between day job and side hustle
    - Figma Academy has generated $250,000 in revenue in 5 months
    - Focusing on building an audience first before monetizing
    - Dealing with competitors and clones
    - Advice for designers who are trying to monetize their side projects
    - How to contact Michael Riddering ("Ridd")

    For show notes, guest bio, and more, please visit:
    www.designmba.show

    • 53 min
    Becoming a Designer in Crypto - Graeme Blackwood (Head of Design @ Argent)

    Becoming a Designer in Crypto - Graeme Blackwood (Head of Design @ Argent)

    My guest today is Graeme Blackwood who is the Head of Design at Argent.

    In this episode, we discuss the following:

    - Graeme Blackwood Bio
    - Realizing passion for design at an early age
    - Working for the UK government in taxation
    - Meeting Itamar Lesuisse and joining Argent
    - Do you need to understand the blockchain to get a design job in the crypto field?
    - Dealing with fast paced nature of working in the crypto industry
    - Proactively working with stakeholders as a designer
    - Conducting user research, usability testing in crypto
    - Difference between art and design
    - Compensation for designers in crypto
    - Investing strategy for buying NFTs, regret minimization
    - How to contact Graeme Blackwood

    For show notes, guest bio, and more, please visit:
    www.designmba.show

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Anja Harris Gill ,

Listening as I work

Jayneil is clearly a designer at heart. He’s curious, smart, and perceptive. This is the kind of podcast I could listen to all day as I work. Can’t wait to hear more.

Rupinder Kaur (Roop) ,

Informative and engaging at the same time.

This podcast is my favourite by now, I started listening to this even while working out, it is really informative and super fun and engaging at the same time.
This is the platform where you need to stop and check it out at once and I can guarantee you will fall into love with this.

KHL22 ,

Perfect for new designers

A clear labor of love, Jayneil brings the passion and creativity of the design field to his podcasts. Guests are enlightening and informative and the conversations are always interesting!

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