Erika Hall is the author of Just Enough Research. In 2001, she co-founded Mule Design Studio in San Francisco where she is the Director of Strategy. Erika speaks and writes frequently about cross-disciplinary collaboration and the importance of natural language in user interfaces. In her spare time, she battles empty corporate jargon at Unsuck It.
Leah Buley is the author of the book The User Experience Team of One and an independent design consultant. Before striking out on her own, Leah worked at Adaptive Path, Intuit, and most recently, at Forrester, where she conducted research and analysis on the evolving role of design in business.
Nate is the founder of Ethnio, a research software company located in Los Angeles. He was formerly the CEO of Bolt | Peters, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012, where he managed research. He’s the co-author of Remote Research and was an adjunct professor at the SVA Interaction Design program.
Steve Krug is best known as the author of Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, now in its third edition with over 450,000 copies in print, and the usability testing handbook Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems. The books were based on the 20+ years he’s spent as a usability consultant for a wide variety of clients like Apple, Bloomberg.com, Lexus.com, NPR, the International Monetary Fund, and many others. His consulting firm, Advanced Common Sense (“just me and a few well-placed mirrors”) is based in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Laura Klein is a Lean UX and Research expert in Silicon Valley, where she teaches companies how to get to know their users and build products people will love. She blogs about UX, metrics, customer development, and startups at Users Know. She is the author of UX for Lean Startups and the forthcoming Build Better Products.
Julie Stanford is the Founding Principal of Sliced Bread Design, a successful UX consultancy celebrating its 15th birthday this year. Julie is also a recognized educator at Stanford, where she is on the faculty of the d.School and the Computer Science department, teaching design thinking
Abby Covert is an independent information architect and teacher at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA and is the author of How to Make Sense of Any Mess, a book about information architecture for everybody.
Cindy Alvarez is the Director of User Experience for Yammer (a Microsoft company), and the author of Lean Customer Development: Build Products Your Customers Will Buy. She has held leadership positions in design, product management, and research in a number of technology startups. These days, she uses her background in Lean tactics to help drive intrapreneurial change within Microsoft. She's a frequent speaker on UX, Lean, and tech culture, and tweets as @cindyalvarez.