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Advice to Startups About Design

As a part of TechCocktail’s Startup Mixology Conference, JESS3’s co-founder Leslie Bradshaw was asked to present on one of the many ingredients needed to make a startup successful: design. And even more so, how to successfully work with designers.

Drawing from our team’s passion for working together and building a culture of excellence and execution, JESS3 prepared four topline tips that included:

1. Make a designer your second hire, not your tenth. Give them a strategic seat at the table and leadership role in the company. It is that important.

2. Make your choice, make it right, listen, learn and defend. This includes: – Finding the right person and / or team. – Put your trust in them. Completely. – Learn how to speak their language. – Make them feel that they are supported. Let them see genuinely that you support them. – Understand their process and what motivates them. And why. – Defend their POV and timeline at all cost with investors, coworkers and clients.

3. Don’t be bound by geography to hire designers. Look to virtual communities like Behance, “Dribbble”: http://dribbble.com/jess3, Forrst and Visual.ly to connect with and recruit diverse talent. Look to physical events and workshops like UX Week, Offf and Anderson Ranch to make offline connections and deepen your own knowledge base.

4. Establish a culture of precision, excellence and execution. Think about the companies, cultures and outputs created by greats like: David Ogilvy, Walt Disney, Jack Welch, Steve Jobs, Anna Wintour and our own CEO and founder, Jesse Thomas. Don’t compromise on excellence. Putting out amazing work / product is key to being known and noticed. Sustain it. Make it part of your DNA.

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CEO and Founder Jesse Thomas Named as 500 Startups Mentor

JESS3 CEO and Founder Jesse Thomas was named as a mentor for 500 Startups. Thomas joins a robust group of more than 175 other industry leaders around the globe. Thomas will share branding, marketing, and visual communication expertise gained from his experience shaping JESS3. Mentors must dedicate at least five hours a month to assisting startups. "I look at this like a badge of honor," said Thomas upon the announcement.

Leslie Bradshaw Discusses Women Entrepreneurship with The Huffington Post

JESS3 COO, Co-Founder, and President Leslie Bradshaw discusses the rise of women entrepreneurs with Ellie Cachette of The Huffington Post. One statistic sates that in the last 15 years alone women-owned businesses have increased by 54 percent, reaching over 8.3 million total in the United States. Bradshaw, a driving force behind the women business owner movement says, "Entrepreneurship is the next natural step for women. We've reached parity in higher education. We are no longer facing an overt, sexist glass ceiling in the management ranks. Now, it is time for us to launch and grow businesses."

TEDxYouth Comes to DC

Organized by Teens and Tech, which was founded by JESS3's own Daniel Brusilovsky, the event brought an important focus to the entrepreneurial spirit and abilities of young people. Hosted at AT&T, themes including the environment, technology and community were woven throughout.

JESS3 Partners with C-SPAN for 2012 Conventions; Creates Site and Content

C-SPAN’s online Campaign 2012 Hub designed by JESS3, the creative agency which designed C-SPAN’s Webby Award-nominated 2008 Convention Hub, will provide complementary video, political information, and social engagement opportunities for C-SPAN’s political audience. The Hub will bring together people who love politics and are interested in the conventions to watch, discuss, share and connect with others.

JESS3 Coordinates and Designs C-SPAN's Foursquare Badge

The newest in the partnership with C-SPAN and foursquare, JESS3 is proud to have helped coordinate the network's efforts to bring education and politics to the masses through the geosocial platform in the form of a dedicated foursquare C-SPAN badge. Designed by JESS3, this badge can be obtained by checking in to five pre-determined politically significant locations, mostly around the Washington, D.C. area.

JESS3 Rings in the New Year with Bravo and Foursquare

It’s no doubt that 2010 was a huge year for both mobile and geosocial. Looking to end the year in a big bang, Bravo and foursquare tapped JESS3 to bring in the New Year with the first-ever live foursquare check-in broadcast on television.

Sex, Love and the Double Standard

Our own co-founder and fearless leader Leslie Bradshaw joins an esteemed panel of women in media, entertainment, fashion, advertising and business to get real about a variety of sex and gender related topics. Brace yourself.

Leslie Bradshaw Named One of Huffington Post's Women In Tech You Need To Follow On Twitter

As part of an ongoing HuffPost series on Women in Tech, the Huffington Post has compiled a list of 27 female prominent women in technology they feel everyone should be following on Twitter. It is an honor to see our President and COO Leslie Bradshaw get a shout out on the list at number 24.

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