LIVE – Ignition Lab Guests: Ray Mendez & Mike Morales

RECORDED Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Ignition Lab is a team-based 7-month intensive learning program that will expose participants to the practices of creating a startup. Each session begins with presentations by leaders in the start-up and entrepreneurship world. These presentations are streamed live online so those who are not participants in the Ignition Lab can participate in the discussion.

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Ray Mendez is the co-founder of Masa + Boz, a brand and system design consultancy that nurtures the souls of businesses and helps them make a healthy profit. M+B empowers CEOs and founders to guide their own brand and technology strategies.

Before founding M+B, Ray was a partner at the Concept Farm and a Creative Director at boutique and global agencies in NY, Berlin and Amsterdam. He received an MFA from Syracuse University and since then has made several attempts at integrating the corporate and academic worlds. He’s been on the advisory board at USF, dabbled a bit at FIT and mentored numerous college students at the Concept Farm.

His clients have included global banks, tiny retailers, powerful activists, billion dollar foundations and mega-corporations that make cars, clothes, packaged goods, food and all kinds of technologies that entertain and disrupt us every day. He now works with two amazing companies that you have not heard of but will. Winning a gold Lion at Cannes was not all that it was cracked up to be. He thinks that his best work – work that actually works – hasn’t won many awards but has helped his clients transform to thrive in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Born in India (so he won’t understand if you try to speak to him in Spanish) he now lives within sneezing distance of Pratt with his wife and two kids, Inez and Judah. He’s quite proud of an image he created that has prompted time starved New Yorkers to take millions of coats out of their closets and donate them to New York Cares.

Mike Morales is a a husband, a student, a teacher, a leader and a maker. Mike is adigital product leader and UX practitioner driven by complex problems and a never ending mission to delight users. He thrives when faced with impossible tasks and live to inspire empower others.

Currently, Mike is VP of UX & Design at Reserve, a high-profile, rapid-growth hospitality technology and payments platform, where he leads a talented team of product designers, user researchers, freelance marketing designers and writers.

Did you Carlos Ibarra and Abigail Edgecliffe-Johnson on September 30? WATCH THE RECORDINGS HERE

Future Ignition Lab speakers will present on:

  • February 3, 2018
  • February 24, 2018
  • March 24, 2018
  • April 14, 2018: Ignition Lab Pitch Competition

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