The Future of Design Entrepreneurship

After half a decade of designer co-founded companies such as Airbnb, Pinterest, Instagram, and Kickstarter, what will the next five years of design entrepreneurship bring? On October 18th, Designer Fund co-director Enrique Allen joined industry leaders at AbobeMAX to discuss how the role of designers in business will continue to evolve and change. The panel, Read more…

Moxxly Acquired to Redesign the Breast Pump Experience

A few years ago while teaching at Stanford d.school I met designer Gabrielle Guthrie. She had been working on her master’s thesis to reinvent the breast pump, bringing a valuable beginner’s mindset to a product that’s remained largely unchanged since the 1980’s. Gabrielle was committed to solving a real problem for new mothers returning to Read more…

Behind the Rebrand: How Hustle is Designing for Impact

How often do you pick up a call from an unrecognized number? How many marketing emails lie in your inbox unread?  The way we communicate, organize, and spread important information is changing rapidly and traditional forms of outreach are falling short. For example, in an active political climate, campaigns and organizations need to be able Read more…

Introducing Framer Design, Bridging The Gap Between Code and Design

Design tools have always been critical in helping us manifest and build world-changing products and services. However, as the products and services we design become more interactive and complex, our tools have not kept up. This is why Designer Fund invests in designers and engineers building better design and development tools as they are essential to helping us create the Read more…

Announcing Better: Improving Your Health Insurance Experience

Today’s healthcare system continues to be a frustrating experience for many Americans. Difficult to understand coverage, increasing costs, and more out-of-network providers create a complex landscape for many of us. Unfortunately, the process of getting reimbursed from your insurance company is no different, often involving phone calls, filling out complex forms, and sometimes even antiquated Read more…

Design Leadership: Insights from Source Summit 2017

Design leaders are increasingly influential in today’s technology companies. More designers than ever hold executive positions and co-founder titles, and have the ability to build products that make a positive impact on society. This is why it’s so important to come together, share stories from the field, and build community and resources at the intersection Read more…

How AND CO is Designing a System to Take Care of Freelancers

Freelancers are a growing part of today’s workforce. From designers to writers, more people are opting for the flexibility and breadth of work that freelancing offers. But freelancing also presents its share of difficulties: invoicing clients, tracking expenses, and even trying to get paid on time. Designer founders Leif Abraham and Martin Strutz recognized these Read more…

Recommended Tools by Designer Founder Guild

Last month we announced the formation of Designer Founder Guild – a group of exceptional founders who are committed to helping more designers build and scale tech companies. With that announcement we also made available our first Knowledge Guide – a list of over 40 recommended investors who’ve backed companies co-founded by designers. Today, we’re Read more…

Designer Fund Announces Designer Founder Guild to Help Designers Build Companies

Today, we’re excited to announce Designer Founder Guild (“DFG”) — a group of exceptional founders who are committed to helping more designers build and scale tech companies. We’re inviting designers from diverse levels of experience and company stages to participate including Evan Sharp, co-founder of Pinterest, and Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb. All members of Read more…

Designer Fund raises over $20M to invest in great design, tech and community

Today we’re announcing that Designer Fund is managing over $20M to invest in startups that combine great design and tech. We’re the first seed fund focusing on startups with designer founders and helping them build great design teams. Exceptional companies like Airbnb, Pinterest, Slack, Snapchat, Instagram, Kickstarter, and YouTube were all co-founded by designers and we believe there will Read more…

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