Business Speaker Jake Knapp is a talented designer and co-author of the New York Times best selling book, Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. Jake Knapp is currently a Design Partner at GV (Google Ventures), the venture capital arm of Alphabet Inc., where he created the GV “sprint” process—a method of taking an abstract idea to a testable phase in just five days.
In his talks, Jake discusses how to simplify life and work to do what really matters as well as how to take ideas and turn them into big hit products in just five days through his concept of running “sprints”. Through Jake’s process he streamlines the development process of new concepts and turns these ideas to functioning well-tested products remarkably quickly. He has lectured about the sprint method at Stanford and Columbia University.
Jake has run sprints for over a hundred different startups including but not limited to Nest, Slack and Foundation Medicine. Before joining GV, Jake was a designer for Microsoft and Google. While at Google, Jake led sprints for many large projects including Gmail, Hangouts and Google X.
An accomplished writer, Jake’s writing on startups and productivity has been featured in Fast Company, TechCrunch, and Life Hacker.
Jake is currently among the world’s tallest designers. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.
"Jake inspired an audience of 300 medical executives to rethink their approach to care transformation. He made the principles of rapid design accessible with engaging case-studies from his work across multiple industries. It's rare to leave a presentation with a new approach to your work that can be rapidly applied."
"Jake’s presentations are always superbly received at Columbia University. He shows a genuine passion for teaching, mixing surprising insights with great storytelling."
"Jake wowed us with his talk. His combination of first-hand experience, deep knowledge and engaging humor is incredibly rare and incredibly entertaining."