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Mindy Nies

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Denver Area, US

Currently CEO at Stars Above. Formerly Head of User Experience at Experian. I'm a full stack designer that does both strategy and execution.

Currently CEO at Stars Above. Formerly Head of User Experience at Experian. I'm a full stack designer that does both strategy and execution.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Marketing
  • Product
  • UI/Design
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In


SafetyWeb at Experian Consumer D
Experian Consumer Services
FullContact Inc.


CEO Nies Design | A UX/UI, Product Strategy Consultancy March 2015 - present
Head of UX & Product Design for Direct-To-Consumer Mobile Apps and Websites Experian October 2013 - March 2015
Director of User Experience FullContact Inc. 2013 - 2013
Lead User Experience Architect Experian 2011 - 2013
Lead User Experience Architect Level 3 Communications 2011 - 2011
Senior User Experience Designer / Product Owner Ball Corporation 2009 - 2011
President AIGA 2007 - 2009
CEO/Creative Director Nies Design 1999 - 2009
Global Manager of Creative Services Level 3 Communications 1999 - 2001
Senior Designer Quark Software Inc. 1993 - 1999


University of Oregon Visual Design

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Product
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Leadership
  • • Product Marketing
  • • Startup Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Hardware
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • UX
  • • UI
  • • Product Strategy

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Marketing • Apps • Product Design • Graphic design • Product strategy • Design Thinking • Information Architecture • User Experience Design • User Interface Design

Key Accomplishments

My entire career has been devoted to delivering innovative solutions for D2C and B2B audiences, across mobile, web and print, marketing and customer care. I receive a tremendous amount of joy leading, managing and growing creative teams, processes and practices in an effort to significantly increase customer satisfaction and retention through quality experience design. I have extensive experience working with both start ups and large corporations. I currently have 6 utility and design patents.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I'm driven, tenacious and take the time to ask "why" a lot. This is important because all too often start ups fail when they bring their cool new technology to the table and have no problem to solve. Start ups are successful when their solution solves a problem. They're successful when they take the time to get out of the building and talk with customers to understand their pain points and discover through that ongoing conversation, how to craft useful solutions their users will be delighted by.

As an Advisor

I provide direct feedback and suggestions that are actionable and measurable.

Vouches Received

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Amanda Abelove
We worked together
Mindy has two things going for her... talented as hell and a no-holds barred approach to life. She brings both to bear to envision and devel ... op new products.
Mike Dooley
We worked together
Mindy is the most determined professional I have ever met during the course of my career. Failure is not an option for her. Mindy does wha ... tever it takes to deliver exceptional solutions to business problems. Mindy's unique mix of experience and expertise, as a leading user experience professional, savvy business acumen, and as a visionary in the application of technology to deliver value in various business applications, provide capabilities that are unmatched. Combine this with an absolutey dogged determination to deliver the best possible solution to the customer, and success is guaranteed. I have the highest regard for Mindy and strongly urge you to consider her in your entrepreneur program. Please feel free to contact me to discuss in more detail. Mike Dooley
Marian Halliday
We worked together
"if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."- John Quincy Adams I read these words ... and think they apply to all my experiences with Mindy Nies. As AIGA president she brought these qualities out in all the people she had on her board and various committees. On a voluntary board, she sometimes has punt on the spot with a resolution to either a snafu at an event or dealing with delicate egos. As a friend, I have come to know Mindy as compassionate to her friends and family, intensely loyal to those people and to herself. She is always thinking and her ideas are incredibly fast in their foresight. I am proud to vouch for Mindy Nies and lucky to call her my friend.
Zach Nies
We worked together
Mindy has the unique ability to have a deep understanding of what the user desires, combined with the ability to understand what is technica ... lly doable. By balancing what's doable with what's desirable, she has a track record of designing amazing products and user experiences. Because Mindy has a rich design background, she can express her ideas as pencil sketches all the way up to pixel perfect comps. Her design background and tremendous range also gives her the ability to craft whole product user interfaces, corporate identity, product identity, iconography, and marketing campaigns. This is a priceless asset in the world of product oriented startups.
Richard Price
Digital Product Designer UIE/UX • Thoughtful architect of experiences and user interfaces that are usable, effective, coherent and delightfu
Mindy has been a mentor and great source of inspiration for me over the years. From her leadership capacity @ AIGA Colorado to her artful na ... vigation of in-the-trenches user experience design challenges, she remains a shining star in a sea of status-quo practitioners.

Amanda Abelove
We worked together
I love working with Amanda. She is an uber-problem solver, which is critical to having a successful start up. Too many start ups bring a tec ... hnology to the table with no problem to solve and because of this, fail. Amanda asks a lot of "whys", she asks the right questions and her genius mind creates clever solutions the average bear would never think of. She's a rockstar with huge bag of different skills, talents and hats she can wear.