Tom Takigayama, Director of Product Design at Justworks, spoke at Design Driven in November 2019. He spoke about becoming a manager from a career in product design. He also shared an incredibly touching and personal story about how his father was his very first manager (although he says not a very good one at the start!) and all of the lessons he learned from that experience. He also shared with the audience the key managerial skills he’s uncovered including empowerment, recruiting & hiring, the art of delegation, shaping culture for the team, dealing with imposter syndrome and much more.

FirstMark is an early stage venture capital firm based in New York City. Design Driven NYC is the largest monthly creative community in NYC, organized by Dan Kozikowski (@dfkoz) and Jack Cohen (itsjackcohen) of FirstMark.