At a Glance

Jake Knapp : Biography at a Glance

  • Jake Knapp is author of the New York Times bestseller Sprint
  • During 10 years at Google, Jake co-created Google Hangouts and developed the Design Sprint process now used by teams and companies around the world
  • He is a former design partner at Google Ventures, where he advised over 100 startups including Slack, Nest, 23andme, and Uber
  • Knapp has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, TechCrunch, Bloomberg Businessweek, and NPR Marketplace



Jake Knapp is a bestselling author, tech designer, and business consultant. Jake created the Design Sprint process, which he has run with over 100 startups including Nest, Slack, 23andMe, and Uber. Today, companies around the world, including the British Museum and the United Nations, use Design Sprint to solve big problems and test new ideas.

During his 10 years at Google and Google Ventures, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta. He is the author of New York Times bestseller, "Sprint."

Jake's newest book is "Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day," which he co-authored with John Zeratsky.

Jake has spoken about innovation at companies from LEGO to IDEO and at universities like Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and Harvard. His writing on startups and productivity has appeared in Fast Company, TechCrunch, Slate, and LifeHacker and Jake has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Businessweek, and Marketplace.


By far the best keynote speaker in a very long time. He brings so much value.

Gartner Catalyst Conference

Jake wowed us with his talk. His combination of first-hand experience, deep knowledge and engaging humor is incredibly rare and incredibly entertaining.

Nir Eyal, organizer of The Habit Summit

Jake inspired an audience of 300 medical executives to rethink their approach to care transformation. He made the principles of rapid design accessible with engaging case-studies from his work across multiple industries. It's rare to leave a presentation with a new approach to your work that can be rapidly applied.

Ralph Pascualy, Chief Executive of Swedish Medical Group, Seattle

Jake’s presentations are always superbly received at Columbia University. He shows a genuine
passion for teaching, mixing surprising insights with great storytelling.

R.A. Farrokhnia, Professor at Columbia Schools of Engineering & Business

Jake was fantastic!!!

WOBI Brazil

Jake rocked the stage today.  Everyone gave rave reviews on his performance.  We are very pleased.

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