Startups & UX Design


Chris Jones


Chris is a UX designer who is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and emerging technologies. He is the co-founder of several startups, a research consulting firm, and has marketing experience in the financial services industry.

He has served as an advisor to Austin-based startups and functioned as a mentor at University of Texas’ Longhorn Startup and entrepreneurs at SXSW. He is also a board member of the Austin chapter of the User Experience Professional Association (UXPA).

Chris is particularly interested in the role UX design will play with the adoption of emergent technologies and platforms, such as augmented and virtual realities, wearables and the Internet of Things. When he isn’t spending time with his family he likes to read and improve his mediocre fly fishing and surfing skills.

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Sean Hill

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Sean has spent his life combining creativity with work. Starting at age 19, he designed and developed award-winning video games until he discovered improvisation where ideas could be expressed as fast as they could be thought. He is a UX designer, entrepreneur, executive coach, author, performer and trainer who has developed and taught curricula for communication skills, innovation, and creative problem solving to clients such as Cisco Systems and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business MBA Program.

Sean is the founder of Top Dog Software, where he developed award-winning video games, and the founder of The Hideout Theatre, where he taught hundreds of people to expand their creativity through the study of improv comedy, storytelling, and the art of creating in the moment. He is also the author of the storytelling project @VeryShortStory, where over 200,000 people follow his writing.

He believes that the lessons learned from studying improv make us all better designers, better people, and more fun to work and play with.

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