The Start

Patrick Johnson

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The Start is a podcast focused on creative individuals and their growth in the industry, from the very beginning.
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The RPG Maker - Scott Riley

1:33:03 | May 3rd, 2016

Scott Riley is a Product Designer and an Emergency Front-End Developer who worked at Pact Coffee and joined the podcast from England at 6am. We talk about gaming, curiosity, and privilege. Scott joined the podcast all the way in from England (at 6a...Show More
The UnaCorn - Una Kravets

1:13:10 | Apr 5th, 2016

In this week’s episode we sit down with Una Kravets to talk about emigrating from the Ukraine, falling in love with tech, and being the youngest person in the room. Una works for IBM's Design Lab, as a front-end developer on the cloud platform team ...Show More
The Advice - Duane King

2:30:19 | Jul 19th, 2016

Duane King is an Interactive Creative Director and Designer, in Portland. Duane's one of the most knowledgeable and resourceful designers I’ve met. Today we sit down to talk about the longevity and sustainability of design, starting two businesses an...Show More
The Chance - Kerem Suer

1:22:36 | Jun 28th, 2016

Kerem Suer is a Product Designer at Operator, in San Francisco. Before that Kerem worked with FitBit and Omada Health. We talk about being motivated at work through seeing improvements in your own offline life through the products. Kerem grew up in ...Show More
The Community - Jed Schmidt

1:18:05 | Jun 21st, 2016

Jed Schmidt is a JavaScript Developer at Uniqlo in NY. Before that Jed lived in Tokyo and worked as a Japanese Translator. We talk about the huge shift in jobs, and how it feels to be working in a field that was once his hobby! Jed also was a founde...Show More
Back In The Days - Yaron Schoen

1:23:20 | Jun 14th, 2016

Yaron Shoen is a Human Interface Designer and Product Designer in NY. Currently Yaron is working at Compass Inc., building a more sophisticated and tech-first real-estate company. Before that Yaron had a plentitude of work experiences - from a tiny d...Show More
The Right Amount of Chill - Yoko Sakao Ohama

1:24:18 | Jun 7th, 2016

Yoko Sakao Ohama is a Designer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and works at Squarespace. Aside from being an awesome designer, Yoko is also a dancer. In her spare time, she writes Why Aren't We Dancing - a curated newsletter about interesting dance videos...Show More
The Craigslist Job - Liang Shi

1:07:27 | May 24th, 2016

Today we sat down with Liang, the Creative Director at Soma Water in New York. We talk about full-time vs freelance work, ego in design and the importance of showing your results rather than showing your work. Liang is hilarious and has sort of done...Show More
The Bonsai Tree - Andy Mangold

1:41:27 | May 17th, 2016

Andy Mangold is a designer and co-founder of Friends of the Web in Baltimore, MD. On today's episode, we talk about defining what kind of designer your are, what it's like to work with your friends, and how he started his first company at the age of ...Show More
The Comedian - Pavan Trikutam

1:14:28 | Apr 26th, 2016

Pavan is a full-time software consultant at GrayBike, in San Francisco. He explains exactly what that title means, and how he uses technology, design and code to solve other people’s business problems. He explains the transition from the corporate w...Show More
The Queen of Jersey City - Jenn Schiffer

1:13:03 | Apr 19th, 2016

On this week’s episode we sit down with Jenn Schiffer to talk about her journey into the tech industry and its future. Our interview was a perfect mix between serious and hilarious — sort of what Jenn’s all about. On paper, she’s an open web enginee...Show More
The Gamer - Corey Grusden

1:19:09 | Apr 12th, 2016

On this week’s episode we sit down with Corey Grusden to talk about online vs offline communities, learning processes and a bunch of old computer games from the 80's. Corey works for So Fetch, but he started programming when computers tied up phone ...Show More
The Season 3 Recap

26:08 | Jul 28th, 2015

With Season 3 in the books I wanted to recap the episodes and some things that stood out to me. Themes, if you will. This season we spoke about commitment, saying yes before you can say no, life outside of the industry, digital overdosing, being hum...Show More
The Dad & Designer - Dan Mall

1:42:02 | Jul 21st, 2015

For the final guest of the season we brought Dan Mall on the show to talk about his life, professionally and personally. Dan has done a lot in his life and he was incredibly open in sharing it with us. In a nut shell, we talked about his “failed” at...Show More
The Citizen Scholar - Randy J. Hunt

1:16:00 | Jul 15th, 2015

Randy’s life is a mix of thought-out steps and going where life takes him. In his professional career he’s managed to try various hats at a small shop in Orlando, get his masters from SVA, start Citizen Scholar, Inc, create The Supermarket and lead d...Show More
The Mentor - Andrew Norcross

2:04:39 | Jul 7th, 2015

This is by far one of our favorite episodes. I’ve known Andrew for a while and he’s definitely the developer I hope I become one day. His determination, his patience, his bad ass tattoos all make up the man that Andrew Norcross is. But lets make one...Show More
The Risk - Keenan Cummings

1:14:46 | Jun 30th, 2015

In this episode we chat with Keenan Cummings about risks. Those we take on purpose and those that just happen. In Keenan’s case, those risks defined his career as a designer. When asked what Keenan wanted to do as a teenager he responded very simple...Show More
The Lifelong Learner - Yesenia Perez

1:03:39 | Jun 16th, 2015

Yesenia Perez Cruz is known by most as a designer but after this week we like to say she’s a designer and student. She’s had the privilege to work at great companies like Happy Cog and Intuitive Company designing websites, apps and interfaces for cli...Show More
The Letter - Claudina Sarahe

1:11:23 | Jun 3rd, 2015

On a very philosophical level, this episode explores a lot of interesting facts about life when you listen “between the lines.” To start, a loving mother with a strong background in education raised Claudina. So when she decided to leave college aft...Show More
The Perspective - Ben Howdle

1:17:36 | May 27th, 2015

Ben is a self-taught developer, and designer, who specializes in JavaScript. He got his start the same way a lot of us did - by “googling it.” Even years into the game he still googles stuff, too. Ben grew as a developer by necessities as his project...Show More
The Fortuneteller - Karolina Szczur

1:21:51 | May 20th, 2015

Karolina Szczur is a designer, developer and photographer living in Kraków, Poland. Karolina started working at a very young age as a fortuneteller for an online future teller company - randomly, we know - and has found work opportunities online ever...Show More
The Artist - Jen Mussari

1:23:27 | May 12th, 2015

Jen Mussari is a freelance lettering artist and illustrator. She’s never worked for anyone else and plans on keeping it that way. Her skills and fine-arts background helped her produce great work for clients like Squarespace, Airbnb, Kickstarter and ...Show More
The Split Professional - Karl Stanton

1:12:40 | May 6th, 2015

Chatting with Karl proves our lives can take us anywhere, and each destination has a purpose. In Karl’s life he’s worked in two professions, music and development. He’s worked in Australia, Europe and currently resides in New York City. As a kid he ...Show More
The Committed - Lara Hogan

1:11:47 | Apr 28th, 2015

Lara Hogan is a Senior Engineering Manager of Performance at Etsy. A lot of Lara can be summed up in one word - commitment. Her level of decisiveness is definitely admirable and something I hope to achieve in my career in general. Overall, the conv...Show More
The Season 2 Recap

33:11 | Oct 21st, 2014

Patrick & Nick, hosts of The Start, reflect on Season 2. We talk about our favorite episodes, reoccurring themes throughout the season and moments of that really stuck with us. We also chat about our fun, out-of-the-ordinary interview with Jessica Hi...Show More
The Anomaly - Jessica Hische

54:33 | Oct 14th, 2014

Having grown tired of the usual interview format, she politely asked us to break away from the norm and we happily obliged. We talked about Hazelton, Pennsylvania, her vacation in Europe, books she’s read, things she does while she works and mind-num...Show More
The Opportunity - Christine Rode

1:14:52 | Oct 7th, 2014

As a kid, Christine would travel two hours away to visit her dad during the weekends and summer. She lived in Norway and often found herself in front of the computer, where she spent hours online with friends, building fan-sites for Pokemon character...Show More
The (Virtual) Fashion Designer - Meng He

59:56 | Sep 30th, 2014

As a kid, Meng designed and sold clothes for the Sims computer game, which led her to pursue a career in fashion through Parsons. In class they drilled the idea of iteration into her head, helping her understand that the first idea isn’t always the b...Show More
The Beard - Rameet Chawla

1:07:56 | Sep 23rd, 2014

The story starts with Rameet selling candy and burned CDs at school in order to earn some extra income...for his stock portfolio. From there he moved on to designing flyers for his mom’s real estate company, then eventually her colleagues, before mov...Show More
The Craft - Wells Riley

1:12:30 | Sep 16th, 2014

Wells Riley is a product designer at Envoy and a creator of the exceptional Hack Design and Startups, This Is How Design Works. Wells prides himself respecting the craft of design; understanding that good design takes time, effort, sweat and sometime...Show More
The App - Brian DiFeo

58:37 | Sep 9th, 2014

What do you get when passion meets opportunity, meets Instagram? Ask Brian DiFeo. Brian took his passion for connecting people and combined it with his ability to recognize a new medium and a market need. The result? The first creative agency focused...Show More
The Snowglobe - Loren Baxter

1:02:07 | Aug 26th, 2014

Loren’s life can be summed up with two words: life experiences. He’s built his own products, worked for a successful start up and currently works as a freelancer and mentor for the designer fund. Loren Baxter’s first website was “Loren’s Paintball S...Show More
The Email - Avi Flombaum

54:18 | Aug 19th, 2014

“Why do we have grades? Why do we have homework?” These are the types of question Avi Flombaum would ask his teachers. He just didn’t buy into the education system and now he’s on a mission to disrupt it with the Flatiron School. Listen in as Avi ex...Show More
The Curve - Drew Wilson

1:11:35 | Aug 12th, 2014

As a kid, Drew helped his dad run the first ever mail-order comics catalogue by packaging up goods to be shipped, sometimes to the actors of Starwars and other movie stars (yes, Nicholas Cage). While Drew always had an interest in art, his first glim...Show More
The Coincidence - Jackie Balzer

1:01:16 | Aug 5th, 2014

Jackie’s love for the boy-band Hanson and passion for tech drove her to build websites on an old, burnt computer. Like most at the time, she started by copy-and-pasting code for fan sites until she learned to write her own - and has built sites ever ...Show More
The Season 1 Recap

38:36 | Mar 31st, 2014

Nick and Patrick talk give a recap on the first season of The Start. Things that worked, things that didn't, and a little background about themselves and how this podcast got started.
The Brother - Aubrey Johnson

57:13 | Mar 31st, 2014

Oddly enough, while Aubrey is a designer, he started writing HTML and CSS by hand in with a friend in detention. Early on in his career he took advantage of small opportunities like the Cooper City Bridge Run competition to bring his talents to large...Show More
The Web Administrator - Dan Eden

48:22 | Mar 31st, 2014

Dan was once offered food in exchange for his design services and that's when he realized how much he loved design. Instead of waiting for things to be made, Dan went ahead and created the products he wanted to exist. Along the way he worked as a "We...Show More
The Life Long Designer - Samira Villamor

54:14 | Mar 31st, 2014

Samira's grandmother taught her the fundamentals of penmanship at a young age, which later became a love for lettering now seen throughout her work. As a kid she loved to design for herself and family members, starting with Pokemon and Hello Kitty fa...Show More
The Punk Designer - Jon Gold

49:10 | Mar 31st, 2014

Even though Jon liked design as a kid his focus was always on music; his dreamed of becoming a Rockstar. At one point in his life he was kicked out of school and ended up at a vocational school (or at least the US equivalent). He tried enrolling in a...Show More
The Road Trip - Sam Soffes

50:44 | Mar 31st, 2014

Sam’s first experience in development was at age 10, when his mother brought him along to a free HTML class from his local ISP. Sam continued to tinker with development, making $100 for his first website. In high school, he convinced his mother to le...Show More
The Politician - Nathan Bashaw

1:12:32 | Mar 31st, 2014

Nathan's political career started with a few internships and ended shortly thereafter. He eventually shifted gears and ventured out to California to work with Olark and sunk his teeth into the start-up world. After a few projects and some start-up at...Show More
The Flyer Guy - Jonnie Hallman

46:09 | Mar 31st, 2014

Jonnie started programming at a young age, thanks to his father who showed him the joy in creating things with his hands. He went to school for design and stumbled upon some flyers that got him his first job and an introduction to Tina Roth Eisenberg...Show More
The Underaged Designer - Tim Smith

1:01:08 | Mar 31st, 2014

Tim fell in love with design when he was 15 year old, taking courses at his local community college. Since then, Tim has navigated the working world as a young designer, even in situations facing age-discrimination. Throughout his career, Tim has wor...Show More
The Poker Room Supervisor - Dan Denney

55:00 | Mar 31st, 2014

Dan worked as a Porker Room Supervisor when he needed some extra cash to save up for his wedding. So he applied for a job in SEO at a studio in Florida. To his surprise they liked his resume enough to offer him a role as a Web Designer. After his fir...Show More