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Episode 69

Kim Bost

User of the force. Newly Product Design @Dropbox. Formerly at @coverpay, @Etsy.

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Kim Bost is a product designer at Dropbox. Kim is an incredible designer who started her career off with agencies before moving into the physical side of newspaper design at the New York Times. There she transitioned more into digital design while taking on new challenges through freelancing. Kim moved into products and startups working for brands like Etsy, Cover, and most recently, Dropbox. She joins us to share more about how networking can benefit your career, how she transitioned from design work to leadership (and back again), what the design scene is like in NY, some of the biggest lessons learnt along the way, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Kim.
  • Learn more about Product Design.
  • Learn more about what it was like to work at Etsy, Cover, Dropbox.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Kim Bost is a product designer at Dropbox.

Kim is an incredible designer who started her career off with agencies before moving into the physical side of newspaper design at the New York Times. There she transitioned more into digital design while taking on new challenges through freelancing.

Kim moved into products and startups working for brands like Etsy, Cover, and most recently, Dropbox.

She joins us to share more about how networking can benefit your career, how she transitioned from design work to leadership (and back again), what the design scene is like in NY, some of the biggest lessons learnt along the way, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Kim got into design & startups.
  • How Kim has helped shape not only product, but process at startups.
  • What it was like working at Etsy, Cover, and Dropbox.
  • How to network to benefit your career.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:34
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

3:10
You started your design career in media and advertising working at some agencies and then the New York Times. How did this early experience have an impact on your career?

5:50
How did you navigate the transition from physical design to more digital and screenbased design?

9:30
One of the first product company you had the chance to work with was, Etsy. For those who may not know, what is Etsy and how did you create the opportunity to work there?

16:04
What was the transition like going from primarily focusing on design to a design leadership role? For those who are currently going through this same transition, what advice would you give them?

20:25
Soon after your time at Etsy, you joined another startup called Cover as their Design Lead. So once again, what is Cover and what motivated you to join their team?

26:50
Today, you’re currently working at Dropbox as a Product Designer. How did you create the opportunity to work there?

32:44
What’s the next for you in your career? How do you think about your career as a designer - anything you can share with others? Are you working on any side projects?

33:59
What’s are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

36:26
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

39:07
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Kim on Twitter
Kim on the web
Dropbox on Twitter
Dropbox on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, & Books

GoButler
Magic
FanDuel
Julie Zhuo
Cap Watkins
Design Details
Benedict Evans' Newsletter
The Skimm
The Infatuation

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