Hey, I’m Jake Przespo.
Over the last 15 years, I’ve designed products across education, entertainment, social, medicine, civic engagement, productivity, music, and a few other industries. I began my journey building internal products for General Electric before joining Skillshare as their first employee and Product Designer.
After Skillshare, I consulted for a number of startups before eventually joining Able as the first employee. I led design on many of our portfolio and partner products before transitioning to a leadership role focused on scaling the business and our team.
As the first employee and Product Designer, I worked closely with the cofounders to design, develop, and bring to market the first version of the product. I also supported the design through the transition from offline to online classes.
A mission-driven nonprofit was looking to rebuild and scale their online community. I led the design and strategy for a rebuild of a marketplace for lawyers to offer pro bono legal services to nonprofits that need their expertise.
The founder had a goal of redefining the film industry's business model. Collaborating with other engineers and team members, I led the design and strategy for a product that allows customers to watch day-and-date films in the comfort of their own home. We developed a working prototype that led to top industry experts joining the board and a significant Series A round.
On the heels of the 2016 election, I helped cofound and design an online giving circle to concentrate fundraising toward causes that were being affected under the Trump administration.
We have a deep belief that people and process are more important than the ideas themselves. I’ve contributed to and, oftentimes, led design and product on a number of internal tools at Able, including products for KPI tracking, productivity, performance management, and culture.
We met with a founder who wanted to change our relationship with mental health. I led the initial product exploration for a mobile app to help manage and destigmatize our individual mental health.
Working with a product lead and members of the organization's board, I led the design for the launch of a cancer research platform where the country's top researchers can connect around critical projects.
I worked alongside two cofounders — Mike Potter and Spencer Fry — to lead design on a product that offered companies the opportunity to award their employees with unique perks like Spotify, Netflix, and Uber credits.
Working closely with board members and a few members of leadership, I designed growth-supporting product ideas including aspects of their onboarding, social, and ad-based features.
I led design and product of a platform for bands to engage with their fans to offer unique fan experiences.
In an attempt to help Steepster, the largest tea community on the internet, continue their growth, I collaborated with the cofounders on a few ideas. I designed and helped launch a new tea subscription service as well as a few design updates to their most trafficked pages to generate engagement and revenue.
Our partners, with expertise building innovative hardware products, wanted to imagine a new way for family members to stay connected to their children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. I led the design and product for a prototype of an app-enabled toy to do just that.
A rather small project — I led the initial design for an app that helped California state residents explore the beautiful beaches and parks in their area.
I consulted on a number of different desktop and mobile projects, including the Wink app and their e-commerce products, working closely with their VP of Platform.