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DN FM features the latest stories in design and tech, brought to you by Designer News. The show is a bi-weekly podcast by the community, for the community. Through interviews, news and community segments, it aims to spark a meaningful conversation on design.
 
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In this interview, James Freeman reveals what it was like starting Blue Bottle Coffee. He explains the importance of pursuing simplicity and creating an overarching experience. We also talk about building a business that stands for something and what he does to find inspiration.By William Channer
 
In this interview, Geoff Donaker explains the details involved in taking a company public, from hiring a CFO through to collaborating with an accounting firm. We examine the job of the COO, the role of experimentation in the shaping of business models and the principles of scaling. We finish with a discussion of his investing strategy.…
 
In this interview, Wade Foster reveals how Zapier started and the way they got their first users. We talk about the best practices of getting customer feedback and where to find your best ideas. We also look at content strategy, the benefit of having a co-founder and managing remote teams.By William Channer
 
In this interview, Joel Gasgoine explains how to enter a competitive market and the importance of focus. We talk about experimenting with pricing, how pricing impacts churn and the best practices for launching multiple products. We also review his favourite ways to validate business ideas.By William Channer
 
In this interview, Des Traynor reveals Intercom’s product strategy and the central role vision formation plays within his company. We discuss prioritisation and the value of saying no to new features. We conclude with a review of the jobs to be done framework and some disruptive technologies that could affect Intercom’s future.…
 
In this interview, Andy Rachleff explains why big business opportunities are based off inflexion points and why founders shouldn’t pursue the obvious problem-solving ideas. We also discuss how CEOs can best balance personal decision making with the seeking of counsel in order to thrive in times of uncertainty.…
 
William Channer is a partner at the Panda Network, and he is also the host of Dorm Room Tycoon. In this episode we discuss the future of information consumption, what role Panda plays in that, his experience building products remotely, and his thoughts on raising money for startups. Featured Jobs Brigade is looking for a Senior Product Designer Web…
 
Ash Huang is a designer and award-winning novelist from Silicon Valley. She has done product design and branding for companies such as Pinterest, Twitter and Dropbox. Her writing has been featured in numerous publications including Fast Company, Offscreen magazine. Today she shares how she moved from brand design into product design, and what inspi…
 
Clark Valberg is the founder and CEO of InVision. If you are a designer, you have probably gotten an email from Clark or from InVision at one time or another, but if you’re not familiar with the company, InVision is a prototyping and collaboration platform for designers. Today we’ll talk about the business’s past, present and future. Featured Jobs …
 
Linda Liukas, thinks the key to helping children learn is to spark their curiosity. Linda is the author and illustrator behind Hello Ruby, a series of children’s books about technology. She’s also the co-founder of Rails Girls, a community designed to help women understand technology. How do we teach children how to program? There are many differen…
 
Jessica Hische is on the show this week to share all kinds of stories, taking us back to her propensity for art and how it turned into a career; being broke in college and crafting her own typefaces out of necessity; and working with visionaries like Wes Anderson and freelancing for illustrious clients. Jessica is a lettering artist, designer and a…
 
Randy J. Hunt joins us this week for a kaleidoscopic design discussion. He lays down all kinds of wisdom about developing true empathy for users, career paths, holistic design and business models. Then we explore Etsy; what it was like helming early design projects, challenges growing the team and how Etsy's mission attracts the calibre of designer…
 
Rachel Andrew joins us this week to reflect on how the web's influence grew on her in the early days, and how this manifested into full-fledged web development - a magic skill set at the time. Then Rachel dwells on web frameworks and their implications for web standards and layouts. She muses about obligations for the development community to advoc…
 
Tim Van Damme is on the show this week to share the stories behind his prolific design gigs. He takes us back to his freelance roots in Belgium and big move to America where he kicks off a series of high profile design roles. Tim reflects on the design industry as a whole, recognizing the culture of sharing that was so formative in his early years …
 
Amandah Wood joins us to talk about Ways we Work, her publication that deep-dives into how people do work they love. Amandah shares her experiences encouraging candid and open storytelling, and finding exactly what makes people tick. Amandah is a writer, editor and extremely curious person. She's the founder of Ways we Work where she interviews peo…
 
Scott Belsky joins us to highlight his journey from Fortune 500 MBA grad to the creative chaos of the design world. He dives into Behance's mission to empower the creative world - and his personal journey thereof. Scott also explains the implications of the interface layer, and concludes with his shift into venture capital. Scott is an investor, en…
 
We're joined by Aarron Walter to discuss his early life embracing fine arts, his transition to software, and the interplay between the two. Aarron also shares his philosophy for user research, why he joined InVision, and the feedback-loop future of product design. Aaron is the VP of Design Education at InVision, and previously founded the UX practi…
 
We're joined by Mikael Cho to hear about his unique career path, the intersection of psychology and design, and chasing perfection; he also shares how side projects became his biggest success story. Mikael is the founder of Crew, a site that connects freelance designers and developers to projects, and Unsplash, a do-whatever-you-want photo sharing …
 
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