Mindaugas Petrutis - How to become a design expert without having a design degree.

Mindaugas Petrutis - How to become a design expert without having a design degree.

👉🏼 About the Guest:

Mindaugas Petrutis (ex-InVision, ex-On Deck) is the founder of Coho, leading community-based cohorts in learning data science, design, marketing, and more. He founded On Deck's Design Fellowship and was the Head of EMEA Community at InVision. He loves building relationships, connecting the dots between humans, systems, and problems and simplifying complex ideas. Mindaugus is currently based in Lisbon 🇵🇹 with his rescue dogs, Rina and Mya.

👉🏼 About the Host:

Sharath is a founder, creator, and community builder. He is also a serial maker who built and shipped 15+ projects using no-code tools. His SaaS product Shoutout generates $30k ARR which was sold to a UK-based product studio. Prev, Sharath worked for world-changing startups like Product Hunt and On Deck, where he helped build and nurture communities. He also grew his audience on Twitter from 200 to 20,000 using give-first principles and creating high-value content. Currently, he is the Head of Community at Threado and runs a newsletter called Sharath's CliffNotes alongside hosting this podcast.

👉🏼 Description:

Tune in as Sharath and Mindaugus discuss starting a design recruitment agency with no experience in design, his childhood in Soviet Lithuania, cool initiatives at Coho, and more!

  • 0:00 | Episode highlight
  • 1:45 | Intro to Mindaugas Petrutis
  • 2:28 | Mindaugas' journey from bartender to tech and design
  • 10:21 | Mindaugas' childhood in Soviet Lithuania
  • 16:18 | How was it starting a design recruitment agency with no design experience?
  • 22:03 | The biggest phone call of Mindaugas' life
  • 24:22 | What was the process of learning design while being a design recruiter?
  • 26:19 | How did Mindaugas land up at InVision after being an entrepreneur?
  • 35:38 | 5 things Mindaugas is proud of building at InVision
  • 41:26 | Transitioning from InVision to On Deck
  • 47:20 | What are Mindaugas' tips for community-based businesses?
  • 53:33 | The journey building out Coho
  • 56:08 | Cool initiatives at Coho
  • 1:02:38 | What is it like living in Europe's hottest startup hub?
  • 1:05:54 | How has Mindaugas' leadership evolved over the years?
  • 1:08:16 | How is each team-building experience different?
  • 1:10:13 | The deal with cheesecakes
  • 1:11:58 | Outro

👉🏼 Resources mentioned in the pod:
  • On Deck: https://www.beondeck.com/
  • InVision: https://www.invisionapp.com/
  • Coho: https://www.linkedin.com/company/joincoho/
👉🏼 Shoutouts to awesome people:
  • Clair Byrd: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/clair-byrd
  • Erika Batista: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erikabatista
  • Erik Torenberg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eriktorenberg/
👉🏼 Where to find Mindaugas Petrutis:
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mindaugas_petrutis/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/MindaugasLT
  • Linkedin: https://pt.linkedin.com/in/mindaugaspetrutis
👉🏼 Where to find Sharath: