"If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late" R.H.

πŸ‘‹ Hi, I’m Philip Sebastian.
Designer. Investor. Outlier.

πŸ“ San Francisco

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10+ yrs

experience

150+

Projects

120k+

Design Hours

200+

INVESTOR REJECTIONS

$500k

FUndraised

5x

Accelerator alum
Recognition / Experience / Alumni

Featured Work

‍imgur β†—
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The largest place to discover viral images and memes.
Sr. Designer
I joined Imgur in 2017 where I helped design the logo(4.7B daily views), mobile/web app. Words cannot describe the blood, sweat, tears and hundred illustrations &Β wire-framing that went into this project. I also designed ad blocks to increase revenue for the company.
‍Manhattan Venture Partners β†—
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Shaping the Future of Private Company Liquidity.
Design Lead & Entrepreneur In Residence
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As an Entrepreneur Design in Residence, I collaborate with teams to create efficient workflows and user-friendly internal tools, boosting productivity and efficiency. By applying design thinking and utilizing platforms like Salesforce, Zapier, and Wealthblock, and drive success within the venture capital firm.
‍Build by SAP β†—
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No-code prototype tool for enterprise.
Sr. User Experience Designer
Developed the first no-code prototype builder for enterprise clients, including research, information architecture reorganization, A/B testing, and introducing a four-pane interface. Successfully launched the first cloud-based tool for rapid enterprise software prototyping.
‍Calm β†—
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Largest meditation, sleep and relaxation app.
Designing a New Shopping Experience
Pre-unicorn days: I met with Alex Tew (the CEO at Calm) and we brainstormed together some ideas around a new shopping experience. The goal was to keep things simple, intuitive and consistent with the brand.
‍Bankroll β†’
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Helping teenagers learn about good spending habits.
CEO & Founder
Make Early Key Hires, Find novel ways to move quickly (or shatter) existing obstacles for growth and adoption. R&D, Product/Engineering Management, Design, MVP, Fundraise.

Past Experience

Product, Design, Manager, Mentor, Founder, Advisor, Hacker
Design Lead & Co-Founder, MeetRobin.AI
πŸŽ–οΈ Founder Fellowship, OnDeck (ODF20)
πŸŽ–οΈ Founder Residency, Antler Ventures (ATX5 Finalist)
πŸ₯‡ Designer/Hacker, Genzr App, Antler Ventures (Hackathon)
πŸŽ–οΈ Fellowship, Build Space (S4)
πŸŽ–οΈ Graduate + Moderator, YCombinator (Startup School)
Designer & Entrepreneur In Residence, Manhattan Venture Partners
Design Lead & Co-Founder, BetterBelly (BetterBelly Inc.)
Co-Founder & CEO, Bankroll (pivoted)
Co-Founder & CEO, RecurPal (Gattaka Inc.)
Sr. Designer, Imgur
Sr. Designer, Apple Inc., Cupertino CA.
Designer & Co-Founder, Motown Music (TwoUniverse Inc.)
Sr. User Experience Designer, SAP
User Experience Designer, Fanhattan
Advisor & Mentor at Adplist.org

Design & UX Process

‍‍Empathetic Discovery Phase: Market research, Competitive analysis, Conduct interviews, Competitor reviews, User Research + Survey Metrics, User Stories, User Flows, Personas, and scenarios, Record and Analyze each session.
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Define & Ideate: Feature Matrix, Brainstorm, communicate structure, information architecture and navigation design.
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Prototype: Wireframes and rough prototypes. Find feasibility with engineers and the team. Rinse & Repeat.
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Test & Repeat: Visual, interface and interaction design. Rinse & Repeat. Functional specs and production design.
Test: Evaluate, Analytics, Rinse & Repeat.

Professional Interests

πŸŽ™ Podcasts related to Innovation + Product design

🌱 Mentoring next-gen designers

πŸ™Š Mastering design critiques

πŸ“ Measuring UX team impact

βš›οΈ Atomic design systems

πŸ“ Content Strategy

❓ Survey design (yeah its a thing)

Education

πŸŽ“ B.F.A. in Computer Arts New Media & Psychology
SF State University & Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

πŸ… Design Thinking + LaunchPad
(Accelerator Program)
‍Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

πŸŽ– Certificate of Completion
β€’ User Experience Interaction Design
β€’ UX+Interaction Design - Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D.
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Values

Think Different
Stay Curious
Work Hard
Fail Often
Respect
Believe

Team

Team Culture
Design Feedback
Design Sprints
Mentorship
Agility
Collaboration
Management

Tools

Figma
Code Pen
CS6
GitHub/GitLab
MailerLite
Webflow
Slack
Font Labs
Wealthblock.ai
Discord

Skills

πŸ’° Venture Capital
⚑️ Founder
🀠 Leadership
πŸ“ Product Management
πŸš€ User Experience Design
πŸ‘₯ User Research
πŸš— Usability Testing
πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ Contextual Inquiries
πŸ§ͺ Heuristic Evaluation
πŸ“ Content Strategy
πŸ’° Fundraising
πŸ‘« Customer Interviews
πŸ›  Prototyping
πŸ“Š Business Development
🎨 Visual Design
🌏 Universal Design

Lately...

Recently, I finished a 7-week founder residency program with Antler Ventures in Austin, Texas, where I co-built and scaled a product called Genzr with my co-founder, Ambar Shrivastava. Genzr aimed to bridge communication between generations, assisting individuals in various tasks such as finding jobs and helping employers better understand candidates.

Additionally, I completed a fellowship at OnDeck (ODF20), where I collaborated with fellow founders to develop products addressing market needs, including my own venture, meetrobin.ai. I'm committed to supporting entrepreneurs in realizing their ideas, from building MVPs to successful launches. This journey has deepened my understanding of product development and reinforced my dedication to innovation and tackling real-world challenges.