Jake Knapp (US)
Author and Creator of the Design Sprint
Jake Knapp is creator of the method Design Sprint that he developed working at Google and Google Ventures for 10 years. He is the author of Make Time and the New York Times bestseller Sprint. The method Design Sprints is one of the most talked about in the design community today. He has since his years at Google coached teams like Slack, Uber, 23andMe, LEGO, and The Wall Street Journal on the method Design Sprint. Previously, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta. He is currently among the world’s tallest designers.
He is currently working on a new book, a very secret project that we will ask nosy questions about. The Design Sprint is a highly structured five-day process for solving problems and testing new ideas. Invented at Google by Jake Knapp, then perfected with more than 150 startups at Google Ventures, the Design Sprint helps teams solve big problems and test prototype solutions—all in a single week. Today, the Design Sprint has spread to places like Facebook, Apple, Airbnb, Uber, IDEO, and LEGO. And it’s not just for companies—Design Sprints have been used by organizations like the United Nations and the European Space Agency.