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Mary Knight

Head of Product & Design @ ideas42Ventures
10 years in Design, 7 years in early-stage start-ups
United States of America 5.0 (4 reviews) Active yesterday Usually responds in half a day


$150 / month

Best for mentees looking for accountability and support. We can set goals and weekly check-ins.

4 calls per month (30min/call)

Unlimited Q&A via chat

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I've spent 10 years working in Design with the last 7 of those years working with early-stage start-ups. I've always been a generalist of sorts, knowing a little bit about a lot in addition to deep knowledge in Product Design, User Research, and Product Strategy.

I'm a deeply feeling, loyal, nurturing – seeker and lifelong learner. I have always been creative and felt called to use that creativity to assist entrepreneurs in bringing their ideas into reality.

I spent the last 2 years at ideas42 Ventures - a studio supporting entrepreneurs of color in building new software ventures aimed at alleviating the cost of poverty. Now, I'm an advisor and consultant to early-stage founders, reach out if you're interested in consulting work.

Contrary to popular belief, I believe the professional is personal. We are all humans working with other humans doing their best at humaning. This is why in addition to my design expertise, I've spent a great deal of time learning about and honing my skills in facilitation, conflict resolution, and leadership.

I have experience hiring, mentoring, and managing a team of designers. Ready to get promoted? Do you want to take on more responsibility? Maybe you're looking for accountability in reaching your goals. Let's chat :)

Types of mentees I've worked with thus far:
- Entrepreneur looking to start a new software business
- Early-stage startup Founder looking for product strategy support
- Team of 1 Designer looking to increase UX maturity with the organization
- A generalist/corporate intrapreneur looking for support in managing up and navigating title change & salary increase
- Designer & Job Seeker straight from UX BootCamp
- Designer & Job Seeker looking for accountability in updating their portfolio
- and more!

If you're wondering if I'd be a good match for you, sign up for the free trial - I'm happy to chat, learn about your needs, and let you know what I can offer you.

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What mentees say



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
2 months

I sought mentorship with Mary to gain guidance on my freelance projects, as I was the sole designer. Mary has helped me immensely in defining the scope of my projects, applying for jobs, updating my portfolio, writing proposals and so much more. I highly recommend Mary to anyone seeking mentorship in the product design space.

Faiz wrote 1 more review for the same mentorship


5 out of 5 stars

Mary is a very experienced designer who has given me very valuable advice on how to grow my career, build networks authentically and deliver project’s efficiently. I’d highly recommend her to supercharge your product design career!



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
4 months

Mary was a wonderful mentor. She listened to me and crafted a plan for our meetings that was tailored to what I was trying to accomplish. She was insightful and encouraging. Even after we stopped meeting she would reach out to check-in and see how things were going. She did not try to force her own agenda, but listened to what I wanted to accomplish and added her own helpful tips and suggestions. She was also appropriately candid with her feedback which I found very helpful.



5 out of 5 stars

Lite Plan · 
8 months

Mary has extensive experience as a designer at start-ups. She has worked with startups as an early employee through sale /exit. She has insight about starting or growing a business and advance your user experience design career.

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