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Jason Mayden

Designer at Accel and Co-Founder at Slyce

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON May 10, 2016

Discussion

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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
What's Up! - I'm Jason Mayden, cofounder of Slyce, Designer-In-Residence at Accel and Media Designer at Stanford University's d.School. During my 13+ career at Nike/Jordan I had the great fortune of designing products for elite athletes, influencers and everyday heroes. From hardware to mobile applications, my experiences have all been centered around functional, inspirational and aspirational Design. As you will hear, I have a passion for leadership, youth culture and creativity, which of course are all connected by Design. I'm very excited to be here-- ask me anything!
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Vedanta Kumar@vedantakum · Founder, SeenIt
Hi @jasonmayden - always been curious what does a designer-in-residence at a VC fund do?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@vedantakum Hi! It depends on the fund and on the thesis of the designer. I tend to spend my time in a player/coach position. Helping to discuss and create strategies that enable and scale a creative culture, make introductions to interesting design lead companies and vet product ideas. Those are just a few examples of what I do from day to day.
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COSTAS ANDRIOPOULOS@candriopoulos · https://medium.com/strictly-curious
@jaymay_chicity In your expert view, which are interesting design lead companies?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@candriopoulos @InVision @Slack @Nike @Target @Tesla @SweetGreens (It's very design driven surprisingly) @JohnElliotCo @BrooklynCircusSF to name a few....
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COSTAS ANDRIOPOULOS@candriopoulos · https://medium.com/strictly-curious
Hi Jason and thank you for answering our questions. Which are your favourite newsletters and websites?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
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COSTAS ANDRIOPOULOS@candriopoulos · https://medium.com/strictly-curious
@jaymay_chicity Thank you very much for sharing your invaluable insights with us today.
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@candriopoulos My pleasure. Thank you for taking the time to vibe with me. I don't your time and willingness to participate for granted.
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COSTAS ANDRIOPOULOS@candriopoulos · https://medium.com/strictly-curious
How do you plan to find the next "cultural alchemists"? Which US cities do you plan to visit?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@candriopoulos Thanks for joining! Its a long process that will require referrals, empathy interviews, going to places where cultural alchemist congregate but more importantly building a structure and program that allows for organic discovery and communication. Its all about authenticity and trust, which takes time to build!
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Maurice Cherry@mauricecherry · Content Marketer, Fog Creek Software
What are some ways that we can help create a more diverse and inclusive design industry?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@mauricecherry Great question my brother. I think it starts with exposure in early childhood education. Modern pedagogies eliminate the correlation between history and creativity. Thus producing a generation of young, brilliant minority students who see themselves as separate from design. Design can and should be inclusive and diverse. How can a few of us design for all of us?
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Daniel Brusilovsky@danielbru · Digital @ Warriors | Co-Founder @ imoji
Hey Jason! What was your favorite moment from your time at Nike/Jordan?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@danielbru Calling my mom from MJ's bathroom because I couldn't believe that I had actually achieved my dream. He heard me speaking to her through the door (his house has amazing acoustics) and he politely told me to "tell you mom hello and flush the toilet"...I almost passed out. Lol
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Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
As the first Designer-in-Residence at Accel, do you get to work with all of the firm's portfolio companies or do you focus most of your time on the stealth startup you're currently working on?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@tomstocklein I work with the port co's that align with my expertise and interest. That helps me supercharge my learning which of course I can apply to @TeamSlyce...Its all about learning, sharing and growing. Founders rise together as one. If they win, I win.
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Corey Hubbard@corey_hubbard · Founder - DreamHighr
Hi Jason! Thanks for hanging out with us today and I wanted to ask what was your best marketing hack when Slyce was at the pre-revenue stage?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@corey_hubbard Great question. I think it was in how we initially positioned Slyce as a consumer facing app. We are really an enterprise focused product but having the ability to bring attention to our product/platform while building out our true product to sell into companies/brands helps us with how we position ourselves with customers and investors. It was risky play but something that we have saw work at Nike. We used to say "Zig while others Zag" So seeing how Apple and SAP are attacking enterprise gave us confidence that our perspective was in the right place. Now its time to under promise and over deliver!!!
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Corey Hubbard@corey_hubbard · Founder - DreamHighr
@jaymay_chicity Very Cool!
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Ophélie Castelot@opheliecastelot · Communication Manager @SpaceDesigner3D
Hello Jason! What do you think is the most important thing to keep in mind when designing something?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@laemeyy That somewhere, someone is experiencing your product for the first time...and that product should hold just as much value on the 1st usage as it does on the 100th usage.
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Ophélie Castelot@opheliecastelot · Communication Manager @SpaceDesigner3D
@jaymay_chicity Thank you for your answer!
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devarispbrown@devarispbrown · Product Manager
In underrepresented communities there are no shortage of ideas. What steps would you recommend people take to get closer to their ideas becoming a reality?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@devarispbrown Great question. Share them. We atrophied a sense of "community" because of the fear of your ideas being stolen. As one mentor told me, "if you are worried about someone stealing your one idea, then you don't have a chance in h--l to defend that idea in the future." So sharing them is step one. Next, I would look to people who have achieved success and be bold enough to ask for a bit of their time, talent and/or expertise. Lastly, prototype, prototype, prototype. Building something brings it to life. Giving it a deadline brings it to market....
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Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
If you could swap lives with a tech CEO/Founder for one week, who would it be and why?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@bentossell In real life, @ElonMusk. I would love to see how he makes decisions for various businesses and how he manages his time/energy. In comic book life, @BruceWayne I would love to work with Lucius Fox!
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devarispbrown@devarispbrown · Product Manager
What do you think the tech industry could learn from companies such as Nike and Jordan in building brands?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@devarispbrown That your idea is not your brand. When you have an Idea and give it a shape/presence, then you have a product. When you have a product that people want to purchase/experience consistently, then you have a business. When you have a business that people know, love and refer to with a personified tone, then you have a brand. Group t-shirts and flashy logos are not a brand. Thats branding :)
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Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
Jason! What up! Would love to know, what's the one thing you've done in your career so far, that scared you the most? How'd it turn out? :)
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@mscccc Quitting my dream job at @Jumpman23 with no job. Only faith and full support from my queen and my family. I would say its going well. There is always room for improvement but I am thankful for my journey thus far.
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David Chatman@chatmandidit · Co Founder, the action tracking platform
You have a quote that speaks to a more modern day entrepreneur " They do not believe in picking a lane. They believe that they are the lane." What do you think helps shape a mentality like this? And is this the approach you use as you design/create.
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@chatmandidit Struggle is the greatest gift...I am not ashamed of what I have experienced in life. It helps me to be fearless and pursue all things....
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David Chatman@chatmandidit · Co Founder, the action tracking platform
What helps fuel your creativity? I.e. Blogs art pieces places you travel etc.
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@chatmandidit History books, culture, art, my family, struggle, God, sports, life...Etc. I really do live in the moment. I try to be present at all times to find the small miracles that exist around us each day. Im a big kid at the end of the day! As for places I have traveled, Medellin is THE most influential place in my life at the moment. I love it there. My wife is from there and the culture makes me feel welcomed and included. Its a magical place.
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Squint@squint2mylou
What are some things that inspire you as a designer? What drives you to create?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@squint2mylou My faith. The greatest form of power is the ability to create. I understand the responsibility and the importance of creating ethically and morally. I just want to make the south side of Chicago proud...
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Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
What are the first tabs you open on your computer/phone every morning?
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
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Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
What are the 3 resources that have most improved your life? (blogs, books, movies, advisors, etc)
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@jacqvon The Bible, The Emperor's Handbook by Marcus Aurelius and my Father. Im truly thankful to have a man in my life that has shown me how to sacrifice my own desires for the good of others. He is my hero. He taught me how to be focused. How to never quit and how to do the impossible...He's a giant.
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DJ Cuzzin B@djcuzzinb
I know you talked about your own struggle with insecurities. What advice would you give to someone who's almost 'unconsciously insecure'? placing roadblocks in their own way of achieving their potential.
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@djcuzzinb Great question. To embrace vulnerability. To conquer your fears you first have to face them. Who cares what people think when you are honest about your weaknesses. Do it for your own growth and spiritual health. Break free from the bondage of misplaced thoughts and societal pressure. Be you. Fearlessly.
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
Thank you for participating in my live chat! 60 minute went extremely fast!!! Continue to dream big and remain humble. Blessings and good vibez to you all!!!!
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Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
@jaymay_chicity thanks so much Jason! It's been awesome having you on LIVE💬
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Jason Mayden@jaymay_chicity · Designer @ Accel + Co-Founder @ Slyce
@ems_hodge Thank you!