Want to succeed in design and business? Support women

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Branding expert JinJa Birkenbeuel, who has done design work for Google, Tesla, and Facebook, shares her rules of success. Chief among them: Raise up women. JinJa Birkenbeuel is CEO of the branding agency Birk Creative, founder of The Honest Field Guide podcast, a songwriter in the band Utah Carol, and a business coach for underrepresented businesses, especially women-owned businesses. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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The internet decimated creative industries. It’s coming for architecture, too

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So suggests Sweeten Founder Jean Brownhill, who thinks architects can save their industry by building their own platforms. Jean Brownhill is an architect and the founder and CEO of Sweeten , a service that matches people with major renovation projects to general contractors. She developed Sweeten while attending Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design as a Loeb Fellow in 2011 and is one of just 11 African-American female entrepreneurs in the United States to raise more than $1 million in venture capital. Here, she shares what she learned working as an architect at Coach, why architects should build digital platforms, and why creatives should “optimize for their obituary.” Read Full Story

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