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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":, "Forrst": and "": 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.