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Dan Makoski

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Chief Design Officer, Garage Partners. Previously VP of Design, Capital One. Tufts grad.

Chief Design Officer, Garage Partners. Previously VP of Design, Capital One. Tufts grad.

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Chief Design Officer Garage Partners April 2016 - present
VP of Design Capital One August 2014 - April 2016
Head of Design // Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP) Google June 2012 - July 2014
Global Head of Design Research Motorola November 2010 - June 2012
User Experience Director Microsoft August 2003 - November 2010
Director, Experience Design texture|media March 2002 - August 2003
User Experience Manager Sapient & Studio Archetype May 1999 - February 2002
Director, eMedia Hawley/Sandler March 1998 - April 1999
Senior Designer Big World Media May 1997 - February 1998


School of the Museum of Fine Arts Visual and Multimedia Design 1994 - 1998
Tufts University International Relations 1994 - 1998

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Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Hardware
  • • Payments
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Education
  • • Fashion
  • • Games
  • • Mobile
  • • Smart Home
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Financial Services
  • • Music
  • • Social Impact

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Eric Kreitzer
Enterprise Solutions Engineer, ASG Software Solutions. Previously Sales Engineer, Connotate, Inc.. Boston grad.
Dan is the man
Hannes Jouhikainen
We worked together  •  Head of Strategy, Digital at Capital One. Product and strategy guy interested in technology focused on sports/wellness and financial health.
Dan is an exceptional multi-talent who can design, build vision, create and lead teams, and span his thinking from broad strategic heights t ... o nuanced details. He gets the tech ecosystem and is an overall great and inspiring guy. Oh, and he's also one of the best public speakers.
Eric Chang
Senior Director, Technology Strategy and Communication, Microsoft Research Asia, Microsoft. Stanford GSB grad.
Dan has great experience in user experience design and insight in markets around the world. In addition, he is friendly and a great person t ... o work with. All founders will benefit from Dan's advice.
Kristin Gray
UX Designer, Google and Freelance Art Director/Programmer/IXD,
Dan is awesome! He's an amazing mentor, passionate about design and technology, and really cares - I loved working with him!
Nina Viggi
We worked together  •  Principal Associate - Product Design IID Team, Capital One and Creative, Italian Collective Inc..
Dan has an incredible ability to always envision what others can't quite put into words yet. He has an amazingly optimistic spirit, and a de ... sire to always do things differently.
George Cuevas
Co-Founder / Creative Director, SquareHue. University of Florida grad.
Dan is thoughtful and makes himself available to those that reach out to him. With his extensive experience in the design industry, it is re ... freshing to find someone that is forthcoming and willing to help others along their personal journey. I appreciate Dan's availability and candor very much.
Kalpana Punukollu
Co-Founder, QUBIT.
Borce Bacvarovski
Business Analyst and Technical Writer, Ganz. Previously IT Technology Consultant, Staples.
Kyle Mulroe
I think on long timescales and see the integration of many moving pieces. Interested in work from the nanoscale to geoscale, wet to dry sci.
Dan is an awesome public speaker with seasoned advice for designers. His metaphors for specialist versus generalist skills, how to hire the ... right people, and sparks of creative make Dan a go-to for designer wisdom.
Chao Wan
North Carolina State grad.
Great Leadership!

Gopi Palaniappan, PMP
We worked together  •  Product Manager, Software Pedigree and Mobile Forensics Lab, Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo company and Founder, Smart Kids Code.
Gopi is a savvy, scrappy engineer who has successfully worked in big companies, but has also always kept his startup soul!

Jared Karp
Mechanical Design Engineer, St. Jude Medical and University Innovation Fellow, VentureWell. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Jared is an energetic, thoughtful innovator at the intersection between design and tech. He and his team won a startup challenge I sponsored ... when I was at Motorola, and Jared connected us into the wider community of entrepreneurs at Berkeley.

Cordell Ratzlaff
We worked together  •  User Experience Director, Google. Previously Director, User Experience, Cisco. The Ohio State grad.
Cordell is a legend in Human Centered Design. He's led innovative design organizations in companies as varied as Apple, Frog, Cisco and Goog ... le. I've heard exceptional things from the design leaders he's worked with, and know he'd be a strong asset to any startup or individual that he mentors.