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California College of the Arts: Timken Lecture Hall

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CCA Design Division presents
Ben Blumenfeld
Everything You Want to Know About Funding Design-Led Businesses
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

California College of the Arts - Timken Hall
1111 Eighth St. in SF - 5:30pm


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5:30pm - Drinks and hors d'oeuvres

6:00pm - Ben Blumenfeld Talk


Design in Tech reported continued growth of the Designification of Venture Capital in 2017, signalling the strategic importance of design in new ventures. Ben Blumenfeld discusses the entrepreneurial tactics to funding designer-led ventures, covering issues ranging from pitching a designer-led venture to the type of support design-focused entrepreneurs should seek from their funders.

Ben joined Designer Fund when his friend and cofounder, Enrique Allen, whose Stanford d.School project incubated at 500 Startups launched into the Designer Fund in April 2011, asked, “How do we get more designers to become entrepreneurs?” As a co-director of Designer Fund’s community of angels and mentors who support designer-led startups, Ben helps designers raise money, find co-founders, learn entrepreneurship, and turn their sketches into social good. Designer Fund makes non-equity grants and investments in exchange for equity, with successful ventures that include Noun Project and Stripe.

This talk will be of particular interest to designers seeking to commercialise their work and entrepreneurs who are looking for funding to help them scale their designer-led ventures. Come at 5:30 p.m. for drinks and hors d'oeuvres sponsored by the MBA in Design Strategy program.


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Ben Blumenfeld was a design lead at Facebook for over five years where he helped build products for nearly a billion people and grew Facebook’s world-class design team. He was also the design director at Varien which he helped build into one of the world’s leading e-commerce firms, and a designer at CBS where he designed many of their primetime show web experiences.


About California College of the Arts

Located at the center of innovation and technology in the San Francisco Bay Area, California College of the Arts is home to a world-renowned faculty of practicing artists and entrepreneurs, and a diverse community of makers that are boldly reimagining the world. Offering 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs in fine arts, architecture, design, and writing, CCA’s creative culture is built around the ideals of interdisciplinary collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement.

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