The Value of UX for Startups

Whitney Hess (Vicarious Partners)
Location: Liberty 3
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With tight budgets and big dreams, startups often sacrifice good design for technical innovation. Consideration for the user experience is neglected, and a robust product is created that no one wants to use. Let’s talk about how to use UX practices within the scrappy environment of a startup in order to define a vision, develop a product strategy, and make a real change in people’s lives.

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Whitney Hess

Vicarious Partners

Whitney Hess is a coach, writer and speaker helping people bring their whole selves to their work. As a result, they better serve their customers, their companies, their communities and themselves. Her life’s mission is to put humanity back into business.

Over a decade in User Experience, Whitney has coached hundreds of companies on how to make their products easier and more pleasurable to use, boost the bottom line, and do work they love. With leadership coaching for new managers, career mapping for dissatisfied practitioners, and UX training for web professionals and product teams, Whitney’s techniques eliminate haphazard decision-making, methodically prioritize efforts, and measurably improve team dynamics.

Whitney is the co-host the podcast Designing Yourself, writes on her blog Pleasure & Pain, and speaks at conferences and corporations worldwide. She holds a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction and a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing and HCI from Carnegie Mellon University, and in 2014 became a certified coach through New Ventures West. She and her sailor-chef Fredrick live aboard s/v Jenny, their 1980 Endeavour 37′ sloop, currently docked in San Diego, CA.

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