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Jason Valdina

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Digital product strategy, user experience design, sensemaking, bike pedaling have all taken him to some very interesting places...

Digital product strategy, user experience design, sensemaking, bike pedaling have all taken him to some very interesting places...

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Primary Skillsets

  • Marketing
  • Product
  • UI/Design
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In

Advisor

High10 Media
High10 Media

Positions

Vice President, Product Graphika Inc. June 2014 - present
Vice President, Engagement Strategy Modus | Inventing the digital future December 2015 - present
Product Design Lead America Online 2003 - 2005
Director of User Experience Design Vivendi Universal 2001 - 2002
Information Architect Scient 1998 - 2001
Advisor, Strategic Ventures High10 Media March 2013 - present
Adjunct Professor - Market Research & Ethnography New Jersey Institute of Technology September 2010 - December 2014
Vice President, Product Movable Ink May 2013 - May 2014
Head of Customer Experience LivePerson 2011 - 2013
Associate Director, User Experience RAPP 2009 - 2011
Director of Product Management Send Word Now 2005 - 2008
Product Design Lead AOL 2003 - 2005
Product Manager MediaNet Digital 2002 - 2003
Director of User Experience Design Vivendi 2001 - 2002
Information Architect Razorfish 1998 - 2001
Information Architect iCrossing 1996 - 1998

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Project management
  • • Agile development
  • • Business Model Canvas
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Fashion
  • • Green
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Smart Home
  • • Video
  • • Content
  • • UX

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Product management • BPM • Information Design • Service Design • Mobile Application Development

Key Accomplishments

As an accomplished product strategy and customer experience design professional, Jason has 15+ years of experience in leading user/consumer research and user experience design strategies for some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500. Consistently straddling the realms of industrial design, software development and business strategy, Jason’s experience as a customer-centric leader has been devoted to large-scale research and design projects for major international brands ranging from Polaroid, BIC, LG, IBM and Vivendi/Universal to AOL, Pfizer, Deloitte and the Museum of Modern Art.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

1. SQUASHING DEVELOPMENT RISK: One of the biggest pitfalls in product development is building things that don't mirror the way it's target user base thinks, works and lives. One of my key areas of focus is on translating user/customer insights into functional product design decisions, taking a great deal of risk out of the development process, and helping to inform the prioritization of the MVP.

2. I am seasoned veteran with a proven process for integrating UX into the product development lifecycle. With a UX-centric leader as part of the founding team, the business gets dedicated design and research bandwidth right from the beginning, focused on co-creating the product with customers to ensure that the product/service will truly deliver differentiated value.

3. Experience with hiring and managing a team focused on product innovation and design, as well as a deep connections in the NY and SF talent pool for technology developers, UX designers and marketers.

4. With 7+ years of professional service experience, I can handle the most sensitive and difficult of partner, investors and clients.

5. User Experience has become widely accepted as the key differentiating factor between businesses that succeed, and those that don't. Making a commitment to founding a business with a keen focus on user/customer experience right from the beginning may well be the key to accelerating buzz and growth.

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Shoon Browne
Director of User Experience, Cibo.. NYU grad.
Drive, passion, creativity.

Haggai Shachar
We worked together  •  Director of Data Services, LivePerson. Previously Co-Founder and CTO, NuConomy.
For the right company, Haggai can be a great help to a team looking to get their arms around how to iterate towards robust data collection a ... nd analytics capabilities

Gretchen DeKnikker
We worked together  •  Previously Co-founder & CMO, SocialPandas. Previously Director of Business Development, LivePerson.
fiercely competitive, fiercely focused, fiercely loyal, and just plain fierce! (in a good way : )