Tracy DiNunzio is CEO and founder of Tradesy — an electronic marketplace where you can take what you wear and “trade” it for other things to wear. The concept is simple and powerful — what differentiates the Tradesy experience is how easy it is for the buyer and seller to do their business. When I heard that Tracy is an SVA painting grad, I knew that she had the right stuff to win as an entrepreneur. I always thought of painting majors at RISD as the most powerful, conceptual thinkers much like the physics majors at MIT. -JM

Tracy DiNunzio is CEO and founder of Tradesy — an electronic marketplace where you can take what you wear and “trade” it for other things to wear. The concept is simple and powerful — what differentiates the Tradesy experience is how easy it is for the buyer and seller to do their business. When I heard that Tracy is an SVA painting grad, I knew that she had the right stuff to win as an entrepreneur. I always thought of painting majors at RISD as the most powerful, conceptual thinkers much like the physics majors at MIT. -JM

Max Gunawan makes the most beautiful foldable and rechargeable LED-driven lamp in the universe. The Lumio unit lasts for a full day on battery and has magnets inside that let you fold it in unique configurations. It is extremely affordable for what it does and how it feels. Max needs more working capital to enable his little design venture to grow — so please order one if you can: http://www.hellolumio.com/shop Thanks, JM

Garry Tan co-founded a mobile blogging service called Posterous that I was addicted to in 2009-ish for its great sense for utility and aesthetics. It meant, to me, that there would be a whole category of web-based systems with an enhanced sensibility that we hadn’t seen yet. After selling Posterous to Twitter, Garry joined Y-Combinator — which is the “Harvard” of startup incubation programs, where Posterous was launched and also Airbnb, Dropbox, and many other successful ventures. As a Partner at YC, Garry brings his design, tech, and business acumen to the day-to-day activities of launching the next great-tasting venture. I like how Garry describes YC as a modern-day university of sorts — where instead of students, you have startups. -JM

Garry Tan co-founded a mobile blogging service called Posterous that I was addicted to in 2009-ish for its great sense for utility and aesthetics. It meant, to me, that there would be a whole category of web-based systems with an enhanced sensibility that we hadn’t seen yet. After selling Posterous to Twitter, Garry joined Y-Combinator — which is the “Harvard” of startup incubation programs, where Posterous was launched and also Airbnb, Dropbox, and many other successful ventures. As a Partner at YC, Garry brings his design, tech, and business acumen to the day-to-day activities of launching the next great-tasting venture. I like how Garry describes YC as a modern-day university of sorts — where instead of students, you have startups. -JM

Our eighth designer dim sum, building off the previous such dim sums (here is a link to our seventh) sparked conversations about programming, empathy and balance. Thanks to Clare Corthell, Heather Phillips, Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, Eric Johnson, Maggie Law, Marcos Ojeda, Max Gunawan, Ryan Medeiros, Tim Van Damme, Clara Zavani, Shan Mehta and KPCB partners Jackie Xu and Anjney Midha for coming out! -JM

I was happy to see three of my students back from my MIT days here in Silicon Valley. Takashi Okamoto, Laura Martini, and Kyle Buza are all gainfully employed at three great startups Palantir, Counsyl, and Clari. One of the fun things I got to do at MIT was to recruit people who could cross the fields of engineering and design with fluency and fluidity. Their time is now. -JM

I was happy to see three of my students back from my MIT days here in Silicon Valley. Takashi Okamoto, Laura Martini, and Kyle Buza are all gainfully employed at three great startups Palantir, Counsyl, and Clari. One of the fun things I got to do at MIT was to recruit people who could cross the fields of engineering and design with fluency and fluidity. Their time is now. -JM

I first met Garrett Camp at the Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Awards event last year — Garrett is responsible for a little disruption in the transportation industry called Uber. He’s onto a new thing, or set of things, now at his new venture Expa… and with his four design axes of Simple (essential and worthwhile), Visual (emotional and appealing), Social (meaningful and builds community), Dynamic (how often it updates) he’s certain to design us all another ride into the future. -JM

I first met Garrett Camp at the Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Awards event last year — Garrett is responsible for a little disruption in the transportation industry called Uber. He’s onto a new thing, or set of things, now at his new venture Expa… and with his four design axes of Simple (essential and worthwhile), Visual (emotional and appealing), Social (meaningful and builds community), Dynamic (how often it updates) he’s certain to design us all another ride into the future. -JM

People often ask me what it’s like to work in venture capital at Kleiner Perkins. I always say it’s a little like my job at RISD (working with young, talented, creative people) and also at MIT (working with young, talented, creative people). Yesterday on my way to Nextdoor with my partners Jackie Xu and Anjney Midha I was struck by how indeed I am lucky to still get to work with young, talented, creative people. -JM

People often ask me what it’s like to work in venture capital at Kleiner Perkins. I always say it’s a little like my job at RISD (working with young, talented, creative people) and also at MIT (working with young, talented, creative people). Yesterday on my way to Nextdoor with my partners Jackie Xu and Anjney Midha I was struck by how indeed I am lucky to still get to work with young, talented, creative people. -JM

Yesterday I got to speak at the Facebook Designer Lecture Series as hosted by Hannah Fletcher and Maria Giudice. If you haven’t been to FB campus yet you are missing out on the unique public art being created there in Hannah’s program; and if you are looking to become a successful designer leader you need to pick up Maria’s book on the Rise of the DEO. -JM

Yesterday I got to speak at the Facebook Designer Lecture Series as hosted by Hannah Fletcher and Maria Giudice. If you haven’t been to FB campus yet you are missing out on the unique public art being created there in Hannah’s program; and if you are looking to become a successful designer leader you need to pick up Maria’s book on the Rise of the DEO. -JM

Bhanu Sharma, CEO and Founder of Maker, intends to make a world where a person who makes something (physical) can tap into a rich ecosystem where what they make can get sold at a better-than-average-price. He sees the world of creative moving from Cost, Convenience, and Conversion to Connection. Bhanu wants to elevate and activate the creativity of makers worldwide by starting with their stories. I found Bhanu’s story as a maker of Maker to be the perfect start for his venture. Especially when he shared, 
“I’ve never built a product where I’ve never fell in love with the problem first. If you fall in love with the first solution, you are certain to fall out of love with it for its flaws. Staying in love with the problem means you’ll find better solutions eventually.” JM

Bhanu Sharma, CEO and Founder of Maker, intends to make a world where a person who makes something (physical) can tap into a rich ecosystem where what they make can get sold at a better-than-average-price. He sees the world of creative moving from Cost, Convenience, and Conversion to Connection. Bhanu wants to elevate and activate the creativity of makers worldwide by starting with their stories. I found Bhanu’s story as a maker of Maker to be the perfect start for his venture. Especially when he shared, “I’ve never built a product where I’ve never fell in love with the problem first. If you fall in love with the first solution, you are certain to fall out of love with it for its flaws. Staying in love with the problem means you’ll find better solutions eventually.” JM

I’ve started a little experiment on teespring.com that ends in a few days from now. If you’d like a T-shirt with the above vector graphic on it, there are 11 days left to order one. I wonder what the finished result will look like … -JM

I’ve started a little experiment on teespring.com that ends in a few days from now. If you’d like a T-shirt with the above vector graphic on it, there are 11 days left to order one. I wonder what the finished result will look like … -JM