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Les Westendorf

Advisor Greenville, South Carolina Area, US

Senior Interaction Designer, Catabolic Design. Previously Experience Designer, Erwin Penland.

Senior Interaction Designer, Catabolic Design. Previously Experience Designer, Erwin Penland.

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playUPinc

Positions

Senior Interaction Designer Catabolic Design July 2015 - present
Experience Designer Erwin Penland September 2014 - July 2015
Interaction Designer, Project Manager Lybba June 2011 - January 2014
Co-Founder playUPinc January 2010 - May 2011
Manager, Visual Merchandising Assistant Crate and Barrel May 2008 - August 2009
Retail Environments Intern Chute Gerdeman May 2007 - August 2007

Education

Savannah College of Art and Design Design Management 2009 - 2011
Miami University Interior Design 2004 - 2008
Accademia Italiana Italian Language, Photography, Metals & Jewelry 2006 - 2006

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Valuation
  • • Software development
  • • Prototyping
  • • Programming
  • • Seed funding
  • • Platform development
  • • Business Development
  • • Backend Development
  • • Concept development
  • • Early Stage Funding
  • • Front-end Development
  • • Marketing MVP
  • • Minimum Viable Product
  • • MVP Development
  • • Product Development
  • • Strategic Partnerships
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Social Impact
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Travel
  • • Records
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Quantified-self

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Emily Grim
We worked together  •  Copywriter, Ferebee Lane + Co. and Social Strategist, Erwin Penland.
Leslie and I worked together at a medium-sized ad agency owned by a large holding company. I got to know her two levels; first, on a profess ... ional project basis, and secondly as a friend and inspiration. Her work ethic is enviable and enthusiasm, contagious. When she first told me of her startup dreams, I couldn't imagine a person better suited to design incredible things with the capacity to change perspectives. She is an independent thinker, but one that takes into consideration the thoughts, opinion, values, and ideas of others -- a rare thing, in my experience, particularly when it comes to the entrepreneurial world. She is a true collaborator with the mind of a leader. She is passionate, organized, and always prepared. Her energy for solving critical problems strategically (and creatively) is astounding, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Jill Yoe Graves
We worked together  •  Consultant, Smart Design. Previously Co-Founder. Head of Experience Design & Digital Strategy, Volta Collaborative. Arizona State grad.
Les is a detail-oriented designer who brings a thoughtfulness into her work that is sensitive to the user, grounded in research, but still l ... ooks for areas to push invention where applicable. She's incredibly delightful to work with and brings communication skills to the table that are both tactful and authoritative. If ever an area of expertise that Les is not as familiar she will tenaciously look to advance those skills. This is key for an entrepreneur, as we often have to wear many hats.
Briana Lang
They're my current cofounder  •  Creative Director, Stride Health. Formerly Art Director, Think Creative Inc. Northwestern grad. SCAD grad. Travel fiend.
I'm extremely biased because Les is my cofounder and all around favorite person to brainstorm ideas with. We attended graduate school togeth ... er and she is one of the smartest and most creative people I know. She is driven to do good with her work and give back to her community as well.
Brad Westendorf
They're my school  •  Senior Analyst - Corporate Strategy and M&A, Milliken & Company. Previously Senior Associate, Duff & Phelps.
Visionary, with the inability to take no for an answer.
Quinn Madison
We worked together  •  Principal, Madison. Previously Director of Brand Experience, Luna and Clif Kid Brands, Clif Bar & Company.
She's creative, independent and brilliant. She sees things others don't. She takes risks. And she has heart.
Megan Hudepohl
They're my friends  •  Senior Specialist, Search, Empower MediaMarketing and Specialist, Search Marketing, Empower MediaMarketing.

Jill Yoe Graves
They're my school  •  Consultant, Smart Design. Previously Co-Founder. Head of Experience Design & Digital Strategy, Volta Collaborative. Arizona State grad.
I met Jill in grad school and was immediately drawn to her energy and thirst for knowledge. I've never seen someone go to such great lengths ... to bring a new way of thinking about design to life, and she did it with such earnest passion and grace that inspired us all. I've also had the pleasure of working with Jill on a professional level. An incredibly talented designer, she makes complicated understandable and complex beautiful. I've watched Jill grow as an entrepreneur—both as a founding member of a design collaborative and a contributing member to the greater design community. She is thoughtful, always learning, and willing to take risks. I feel super fortunate to have her in my circle.

Briana Lang
They're my current cofounder  •  Creative Director, Stride Health. Formerly Art Director, Think Creative Inc. Northwestern grad. SCAD grad. Travel fiend.
I couldn't have picked a better co-founder. Bri and I met in grad school, we instantly bonded and spent hours daydreaming ways to disrupt th ... e world with design. Bri is thoughtful, dedicated, and dependable. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious. I can't wait to see where this road leads us.