As a member of the UX team at Pearson, I developed digital textbook features and improvements that increased engagement, app store ratings, and resulted in two design patents.
Previously, as founder and head of product at Sonation, a winner of the Harvard University cultural entrepreneurship challenge, I led a team that re-designed a university laboratory application as a new mobile app for classical musicians that made singing and playing music more fun and engaging. The app, Cadenza, grew monthly active users over 800% in the first year and was selected by Apple as a “best new app” in 21 countries.
I worked on the communications team at Yale and Rockefeller Universities with Nobel-prize-winning scientists, writers, and visual designers to translate complex biomedical research into engaging stories for the general public.
Earlier in my career I founded MIT AI Lab spin-off Smith Renaud, where I served as CEO, creating products and advanced web solutions for some of the world’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, publishers, advertising agencies, and media companies, such as Sony Classical, J Walter Thompson, Grey Advertising, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, the American Museum of Natural History, Asia Society, Workman Publishing, and the City of New York.
I live in Boston with my wife and daughter and I play cello and piano.
I’ve been playing music since I was seven years old. I became a serious classical music student. I studied composition at Oberlin Conservatory and conducting at Curtis Institute and Tanglewood. Markand Thakar, Leonard Bernstein, and Sergiu Celibidache were my teachers. I founded the Boston Symphonic Laboratory, an organization dedicated to researching, trying, and sharing the methods most likely to lead to great performances. So, every now and then I like to explore music created by some of the world’s great musical minds, like Bach and Beethoven, to see what I can learn.
You can hear my latest recordings reflecting that endeavor on all the major music services.
A recent release