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Former Facebook and Instagram design research manager to speak at MSU

February 29, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Nate Bolt, the founder and CEO of Ethn.io and a former design research manager at Facebook and Instagram, will deliver “How design research impacts our world” at noon on Thursday, March 10, in Jabs Hall 207 on the Montana State University campus. Photo courtesy of Nate Bolt.

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Nate Bolt, the founder and CEO of Ethn.io and a former design research manager at Facebook and Instagram, will deliver “How design research impacts our world” at noon on Thursday, March 10, in Jabs Hall 207 on the Montana State University campus. The event is sponsored by the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and is free and open to the public.

Bolt’s lecture will address his personal experiences of building startups and the power of using design research to better impact our world, with examples ranging from food stamps to Facebook itself. A question and answer session will conclude his presentation.

Ethn.io is a Los Angeles-based startup that helps companies recruit the best possible participants for user research from within their app, site or around the internet. The startup has helped customers such as Airbnb, Netflix, Adobe and the federal government better understand their users at critical moments for evaluating the effectiveness of a digital experience. With more than 302 million users screened and 1.5 million responses, the startup says it has designed an efficient way for companies to recruit and test experiences.

Prior to his work at Ethn.io, Bolt was a design research manager at Facebook and Instagram, where he led interdisciplinary teams around the art and science of building better experiences for users across desktop and mobile devices. Bolt also previously served as the CEO of Bolt | Peters, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012. He also served as an adjunct professor at the SVA Interaction Design graduate program and as a mentor for the CCA Design Strategy MBA degree. He also co-authored Remote Research and co-founded the 1197 conference.

“We’re thrilled to host Nate here on campus,” said Jake Cook, MSU adjunct professor of marketing. “His experiences of building startups like Bolt | Peters and Ethn.io, coupled with his learnings from working on a massive stage through the Facebook and Instagram platforms, offer a rare opportunity for students and entrepreneurs to hear firsthand how companies build great experiences for their users.”

For more information, visit http://www.montana.edu/business/.  

Contact: Linda Ward, MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, (406) 994-1995 or lward@montana.edu