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Michael Calleia

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

A design and product professional, who helps build great brands and products, with a track record of delivering user-centered, award-winning

A design and product professional, who helps build great brands and products, with a track record of delivering user-centered, award-winning

7 vouches

Primary Skillsets

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

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In


Industrial Strength Design


Founder Humanist April 2014 - present
Sr. Director Marketing Voltari December 2012 - April 2014
Designer and Strategist, Digital Products and Branding Michael Calleia 2000 - April 2014
Product and Creative Director SmartAsset June 2012 - December 2012
VP Product and Creative Vook July 2011 - June 2012
Creative Director IAC January 2007 - June 2010
Design Manager PlanetOut Inc. January 2003 - October 2005
Creative Director ShadowTV January 2000 - October 2001
Founder / Principal / Creative Director Industrial Strength Design 1994 - 2000
Freelance designer Independent Consultant 1991 - 1994


Facilitation: By Design Facilitation, Leadership, Design 2014
YCombinator 2012
Bryant University Marketing
New York University NYU Summer Publishing Institute (NYU SCPS), Graduate Certificate, Publishing, Publishing
Rhode Island School of Design Art and Design
School of Visual Arts Art and Design

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Branding
  • • User research
  • • Lean startup
  • • Product Design
  • • Product management
  • • Usability testing
  • • Design Strategy
  • • Design Thinking
  • • User Experience Design
  • • User Interface Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Events
  • • Financial Services
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Music
  • • Photos

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Product management • User Experience Design • User Interface Design

Key Accomplishments

I’m a product and design leader bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and track record of delivering user-centered, award-winning product and creative solutions that add measurable value. As an experienced team leader and builder; cross-functional collaboration, iteration, and the balancing of user, business and technology needs is in my DNA.

I’m a seasoned agency and client side professional—including established corporations and startups alike.

On the agency side, including the role of studio founder and owner at 24, I created work for everything from hip downtown businesses to Fortune 500 companies, with work which garnered numerous design awards.

On the client side, I have been a creative and product professional and leader—building great brands and products. At IAC, I founded and built an internal agency to help world class advertisers go beyond the banner by providing creative and digital strategies, and creating innovative advertising products that leveraged IAC brands and delighted users. As a driving force at Vook, I helped transform the company and created a product that the trade press called “game changing” and users loved. As UX and Product Design lead for the launch of Y Combinator startup, I simplified complex financial concepts, as well as increasing usability and conversion.

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Noah Robison-Cox
We worked together
Michael has an amazing track record and fantastic personality. In our time working together, he showed a strong passion for perfecting his w ... ork and finding creative solutions to challenges. The depth of his experience is truly impressive and spans a wide range of industries and mediums. He is an excellent communicator, and most importantly, a true pleasure to work with.
Dimitri Gnidash
We worked together  •  Software Architect / Founder, Lights On Software. Previously Technical Director, BNOTIONS. University of Waterloo grad.
He has impressed me with a variety of design and product management skills. He is a seasoned professional with an appetite for risk that did ... not disappear over the years. I have seen several of his products and they are beautiful - I am looking forward to what else Michael can accomplish!
Rob Guttman
We worked together at Vook
Michael is multitalented - from product definition to UI design details. He can balance the ideal product with the practicality of the here ... and now. He's also fun to work with - a positive contributor to a healthy startup culture.
Noel Curtis
We worked together at
Yes I think Michael would be a good entrepreneur, he showed great promise when we worked together at SmartAsset where his product and desig ... n skills were put to the test.
Aleksandra Czajka
Freelance Senior Software Engineer - - Cornell Bred - Intel Vetted
Michael is hard working, dedicated and focused. An asset to have on any team!
Heow Goodman
We worked together
His eye for design is great for the zillion detials going into any business and unlike many, he considers the long-term.
Omar Niazi
We worked together  •  Lead Front End Developer, Previously Lead Developer, The New York Times.
Michael is great at building smart products and he's generally an excellent person to work with.

Rob Guttman
We worked together at Vook
First off, Rob is a simply awesome person. At Vook, I was product lead and Rob was engineering lead—I can't think of a better partner to ... work with on a project. Rob was amazing at making sure everyone was on the same page. Rob's engineers love him too, he's a true leader and knows how to rally his troops and keep things moving while rolling with pivots along the way.

Rob Guttman
We worked together
Rob is a master at creating and implanting a reliable, and more importantly, flexible engineering process. Rob's leadership of the engineeri ... ng team was nothing short of inspiring, with a nurturing and empowering style that cultivated a strong team spirit and sense of individual ownership. As a partner, Rob could be counted on as a collaborator—helping work through the toughest problems, always making even the most technically complex concepts accessible to everyone in the room and once a plan was set, to make things happen, with all stakeholders always in the know. I consider Rob a mentor, as well as a partner, and would welcome the opportunity to work with him again in the future.

Jared Spool
Co-Founder, Center Centre and Conference Chairperson, User Interface Conference.
Jared is a major community leader in the User Experience and research filed. Not only is Jared an amazing sparker, appearing at nearly ever ... y major UX event, but also runs User Interface Engineering, a leading research, training, and consulting firm specializing in web site and product usability.