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Ben Sykes

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Mentor, product designer & dev-UX hybrid focusing on interaction & behavior design. Worked at @Google, @Cisco, @Microsoft, @American Idol

Mentor, product designer & dev-UX hybrid focusing on interaction & behavior design. Worked at @Google, @Cisco, @Microsoft, @American Idol

5 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Marketing
  • Product
  • UI/Design
I have an idea I'm commited to
Part-time now, full-time soon

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In


Superfly Industries LLC


Samesurf, Inc.
Ringadoc (acquired by Practice Fusion)
TeleportHQ, Inc.


UX Design Mentor CareerFoundry June 2015 - present
Experience & Product Design Consulting Synergyse June 2015 - present
Experience & Product Design Consulting YesPath June 2015 - present
Adjunct Professor - Interaction & Information Design San Francisco State University March 2014 - present
User Experience Design Instructor General Assembly July 2013 - present
Board of Advisors - User Experience Samesurf, Inc. May 2013 - present
Founder UXJOBS April 2012 - present
User Experience Design Strategy Consulting & Training Self Employed January 2009 - present
Advisor - Experience & Product Design (MVP full stack product design) Purse August 2014 - December 2014
Experience & Product Design Consulting Reciprocity, Inc August 2014 - October 2014
Experience & Product Design (Early Phased Product Design) TaDaweb May 2013 - September 2014
Curriculum Designer & Instructor - UX Immersive Apprentice Program General Assembly October 2013 - May 2014
Advisor - Experience & Product Design Ringadoc (acquired by Practice Fusion) August 2013 - December 2013
Advisor - Experience & Product Design TeleportHQ, Inc. May 2013 - September 2013
Conversion Design Consultant vFlyer April 2013 - May 2013
Advisor Punchlime March 2013 - March 2013
Senior User Experience Designer (GDP - BigData) Google March 2012 - December 2012
Senior User Experience Designer (AdWords) Google March 2011 - March 2012
Manager of User Centered Design Cisco 2008 - 2009
Product Manager - User Experience Lead - GFS MSN Live Microsoft 2006 - 2008
American Idol - Associate Creative Director Fluid Audio Networks September 2005 - August 2006
United States Marine Corps Infantry United States Marine Corps October 2001 - 2006
Product Manager User Experience : 2004 - 2005
Lead UI Design - Sr. Web Developer - Services Akana, Inc January 2001 - January 2004
Creative Lead & Founder Superfly Industries LLC March 1995 - 2004
Camera P.A. - Film: American Beauty DreamWorks Animation December 1998 - March 1999
Property Assistant Art Department - Film: Murder In The First Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies December 1993 - January 1994
Assistant Production Coordinator - TV: Melrose Place Spelling Television June 1993 - August 1993
Motion Picture Casting Independant Consultant 1991 - 1993

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Data Science
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Product
  • • Industrial Design
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Games
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Higher Education
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Content

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Usability testing • User Experience Design • User Interface Design

Key Accomplishments

Ben Sykes is a dev / design hybrid with a focus on interaction (IxD), user experience (UX) and behavior design. He has always had a strong desire to tell stories, and started out in Hollywood working in TV & film on such projects as Melrose Place, American Beauty, and Murder In The First.

In the mid 1990’s, Ben started a web design consultancy and worked on a variety of projects with Warner Brothers Music, Artisan Entertainment, Digital Evolution just to name a few.

In 2003, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves and was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return, he continued to design and develop with such companies as :, American Idol Underground, NSA, NASA, & Oracle.

More recently, Ben has worked with Microsoft, where he led multiple UX initiatives; Cisco where he managed and built the Irish UX team and helped integrate WebEx / CUPC; and Google where he was a lead designer on the AdWords team and was instrumental in the creation of multiple features such as the DisplayTargeting Tab, Alerts, and Google Help. He then went on to lead the design of the big data visualization of self-service dashboards backed by the Google Data Warehouse.

Ben currently serves as a User Experience Design Advisor to multiple start-ups and has been designing & facilitating the curriculum for the Apprentice Program and Job Search Standup for General Assembly’s UX Design Immersive students as well as teaching Interaction Design at San Francisco State University.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I've been launching products since 1995 and have a deep understanding of behavioral design. My background spans from social to big data.

As an Advisor

Available 24/7 for an equity share... and my phone is always on... and I answer it.

Vouches Received

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Sherród Faulks
We worked together
Ben is the most communicative, organized and thoughtful designer I know. He was well-prepared for every meeting and always had helpful infor ... mation to communicate in impromptu meetings. He works very well on teams, knowing when to speak up and take control, and when to fall back and keep his head down. Furthermore, he is passionate about research. His hunger for information in cutting-edge technology and persuasive design is unprecedented, making him a rare expert in a field of poseurs.
Jacob Dunphy
We worked together at Google
Ben had his focus split between a lot of projects and apps at Google, but he managed to focus his entire attention on a single task at a tim ... e to drive progress. On many occasions, we sat one-on-one or traded screenshots/ideas to push on our design. He always had good ideas, and was able to put my feedback into the design and help me make great progress.
François Gaspard
We worked together
From my experience of Ben, I have found him to be very passionate by what he does. He has vast experience in his field and executes his ide ... as to perfection. He has always been straight to the point, which is something very important. His work experience brought him an amazing network of contacts which is also something very important when starting the entrepreneurial journey. Despite the fact Ben comes from a technical background, Ben has worked and helped so many startups and big Internet companies that he has a very good business mindset. I am 100% sure the people who will work with him in the his next project will love it and won't regret it an instant. I can't wait to see his next entrepreneurial project.
We worked together
Ben's one of the smartest designers I know. He is constantly thinking outside of the box, deeply aware of industry patterns and trends, abl ... e to see the big pictures and small details equally well, and works very quickly to create compelling work.
Ronak Shah
We worked together
Ben will be a great entrepreneur as he very creative, smart and always has new ideas. Along with that he is thoughtful and a hard worker.