Hello, I'm Danny.

I'm a product strategist/manager with hands-on design capabilities and a deep marketing background. Recently focused on the intersection of AI, search & discovery, & visual content.

Tagasauris:
We envision a future founded upon the convergence of visual content, augmented/virtual reality, and artificial intelligence — a future where we no longer simply view content.

We're standing on the precipice of a new era of computing.
We're about to face a fundamental shift in the way that people interact with technology. A shift from the age of "make and view" — constrained by the limitations of flat, 2 dimensional screens to the age of "augment and experience" — enabled by the propagation of AR and VR devices.


The Problem:
As we move from the age of "create and view" into the age of "augment and experience" the images and videos of yesterday fail to provide the data necessary to support emerging technologies and the experiences they afford us.


We're laying the foundation for this new era...
An entirely new type of media is necessary. This new category of media wraps content and its underlying data together into a package capable of supporting — and delivering — enriched, interlinked, adaptive, and immersive experiences.

We call it Augmented Experiential Media.



See our Technology in Action:

I have also designed products & services for:




Selected work:


ImageBrief:
Disrupting the world of stock images for both buyers and photographers. I helped ImageBrief redesign every aspect of their product experience.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
20,000 famous quotes, now available right in your pocket.
If I Can Dream
Reality TV, reinvented for our digital-first world.
Date Night Is...
I founded this company and led a small team in creating an application to recommend location-specific, personalized date ideas for couples in established relationships.
I Went to MoMA and...
A museum experience that lives on, even after you leave.
Tommorrow Lab
A product platform that personalizes science and brings philanthropy to the masses.
YKYWAASW...
A humorously insightful look into the lives of entrepreneurs.
I Wanna Nom!
A cookbook designed for the digital space, our platform allowed users to save and share recipes from any website. We grew I Wanna Nom to serve thousands of users before Pinterest came along and ate our lunch. (See what I did there?)

A bit more about me:

  • I'm a product strategy & design leader with 12+ years of product, technology, and design experience and 8+ years managing teams. I've created products & services for both startups and Fortune 100 companies as well as globally recognized non-profit organizations.
  • I've trained and mentored team members who have gone on to found companies of their own and moved on to roles at Facebook, Makerbot, and other tech companies & agencies.
  • Planned and led Design Sprints and Immersion Day sessions for companies including: Legendary Pictures, GT Channel, American Express, Getty Images, ImageBrief, and Tauck World Travel.
  • Teacher/Guest Lecturer for: The University of Texas at Austin, Miami Ad School, and the Pratt Institute. Topics include: product-as-advertising, innovation, and marketing for the technology age.
  • Co-Creator of: Date Night Is... and I Wanna Nom.
  • Previously Head of Product at Tagasauris.
    Formerly Director of Product at POKE NY (now called Makeable).
  • Contact me for a copy of my resume or to discuss a project or full-time role.

FAQ's:

  • Are you a product manager or a product designer? I'm a product strategist/manager with a robust design skillset and a deep background in marketing. I sit at the intersection of product strategy/management & design, and I believe that at the senior-most level, the two are inextricably entwined.
  • What is your approach? I'm a proponent of the GSD (Get Stuff Done) approach to product management/development. I have experience with waterfall, agile, and lean methodologies. The reality is every team works and functions differently. As a product manager, I see it as my responsibility to help determine the best approach for my team.
  • What are your design capabilities? I'm an experienced UX/UI and visual designer who's created digital work for mobile, responsive web, and installations. In a past life, I also worked on traditional mediums including: print, outdoor, television, and packaging.
  • Do you code? I am not an engineer. However, I am well versed in the capabilities of today's primary technologies. I'm skillful with HTML/CSS and actively learning/working with JavaScript/CoffeeScript for prototyping, primarily in FramerJS.
  • Do you have experience managing & growing teams? I have managed teams ranging from 2-20 people through every aspect of the ideation, design, and development process. I'm comfortable mentoring young designers & strategists and fostering teamwork/growth in an organization.