Marina Krutchinsky

UX Strategy consultant for fintechs and crypto startups. Ex-Amex. 20+ years in UX & Product Design | Enterprise, agency & startup experience | Trained 100+ UX students
United States of America 5.0 (12 reviews) Active last week Usually responds in a day or two


Most recently, I was Head of Design at a crypto startup leading a global design team of product, brand and marketing designers. Having worked in UX, IxD, IA, SD, CX and BX for over 20 years, I have a unique understanding of what is necessary to accelerate your UX training, improve user research skills, build a solid UX portfolio, prepare for UX/Product design job interviews, boost your UX career strategy, and turn your LInkedIn profile into a UX lead magnet. I also mentor and coach UX Academy at DesignLab, and love seeing my students succeed! Many of them are now UXing at Facebook, Spotify, Carnegie Mellon and many other cool places.

As your mentor, I can help you:
- Assess your current UX skillset
- Come up with a personal development plan to expand your skills and advance your UX career
- Build a powerful portfolio that will get you hired
- Work on your storytelling and presentation skills
- Create a results-oriented resume and cover letter
- Prepare you for job interviews, whiteboard challenges and take home assignments
- Devise a job search strategy that will land you your dream job
- and much, much more.

My mentoring style is uplifting, supportive and candid. If you’ve read “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott, this is the style. I will provide you with tons of actionable feedback without excessive sugarcoating. If something is going well, I’ll tell you so. If something needs to be improved, I’ll show you how. You will leave our sessions feeling empowered, energized and knowing exactly what to do next.

We will start with a 30-min introductory call where we’ll discuss your career goals, identify your strengths and areas needing work. Then, we will devise a structured plan tailored to you and your strengths. We will set up a cadence for video calls to ensure your progress. Between video calls, we will have weekly check-ins via chat and email.

If you are thinking about transitioning careers into UX, I will help you quickly identify your transferrable skills and teach you how to play to your strengths.

Add any questions you have for me to your application, and know you’ll have a 7 day free trial as we start working together to make sure the mentorship is the right fit!

Rooting for you and your UX career! 🙌

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What mentees say



5 out of 5 stars

Marina helped provide clarity for many of the questions and unknowns that I’d been wrestling with. She did a wonderful job to make more tractable my journey and approach. I’d definitely recommend her.



5 out of 5 stars

Marina was a pleasure to mentor with! I would recommend her to anyone seeking direction or guidance from an experienced UX Professional.



5 out of 5 stars

Working with Marina has been a great experience! She's helped me recognize and leverage my strengths as a designer. Her candid but uplifting feedback has helped me improve the work that I'm doing.

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