Josh Silverman

Josh Silverman

For 25 years, Josh Silverman has created successful relationships through design. He speaks and hosts workshops globally, teaches and guest critiques nationally, and is always connecting people and communities.

He is currently consulting in design operations, with clients such as NYU, Salesforce, and Blend, and coaching design leaders. Recently, he advised startups inside Sequoia Design Lab, served as Twitter’s first hire in design operations, and was one of the founding designers of the IBM Cloud Garage.

In 1997 he founded Schwadesign, a lean, holacratic-model business, where he managed diverse teams and scaled the business for 18 years. Together, their work was recognized by The Wall Street Journal,, The Boston Globe, and more.

His wide range of clients have included startups (iRobot, Buildium, Trinity Pharma), educational institutions (MIT, Harvard Medical School, Brown University), global corporations (UBS, Wells Fargo, Accenture), cities (Providence, RI, and Bethesda, MD), non-profits (American Heart Association, Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), and many more.

Josh is preternaturally curious about patterns in decision making and the shapes of teams. On the daily, he is driven by great pairings, trusting relationships, harmonious intersectionality, and long bike rides.

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People Persist GIF London November 2018
Then, Now, Next: Evolution of Design Business Bucharest Tech Week May 2018
What Persists: People, Process, and Performance HOW Design Live April 2018
Get Shit Done Club Designers + Geeks April 2018
The People Layer 1.0 Clarity 2017 November 2017

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