Ann Shen

Senior Product Manager, Wayfair

“I worked with Paul for three years as we were both cofounders of an AI music tech startup, Sonation. He wore many different hats in marketing, design and product management, and led our engineers as Chief Product Officer. Paul has many strengths, but above all it’s his rare combination of strong creative vision with efficient execution ability that made him invaluable as a leader and manager. He was able to listen to users carefully, understand what their needs actually were, and translate them into a fitting user experience quickly. He was just as adept at communicating our company vision to investors and potential partners, in conversations, formal presentations, and tech demos that captured our value prop and strategy. Paul is a trustworthy and kind person with an unwavering moral compass, which helped the team persevere through the typical challenges of a growing startup. I wholeheartedly recommend Paul as an innovative leader and skillful manager to any business.”

Travis Henspeter

Software Engineer, Google

“Paul is, without question, the best UX designer for music software I have ever worked with. He has a firm grasp of the software engineering process that makes him an excellent collaborator. His deep knowledge and diverse background give him outstanding insight and innovative capacity with respect to music software UX. He is also a fun, funny, and upbeat teammate — I cannot recommend him highly enough.”

Carole Balawender

Senior UX Writer, Pearson

“Paul is one of the most brilliant and creative designers I’ve ever been lucky enough to work with.”

Benjamin Rogers

Product Design Lead, Pearson

“Paul is a thinker! When there is a gnarly problem to be solved he sees the challenge in 4-dimensions. But he also knows how to simplify these complexities down into manageable chunks. He routinely delights the team by understanding intricate details of UI interconnections with back-end data and systems and brings a team-first approach to working through design challenges.

Paul is a fantastic design resource, an asset to any company that is looking for a thoughtful, likable, intelligent member of their team.”

Bruce Cichowlas

Software Engineer, BioPlus, Play-along Keys

“I worked with Paul at Sonation, makers of Cadenza, where he did most of the UI design as well as thought out the best user experience for our audience of classical musicians and students. Occasionally Paul would work directly with the iOS storyboards as well as the code in Swift and Objective-C. Paul was incredibly thoughtful and insightful on behalf of the users and a pleasure to work with as a developer.”

Shannon Graziano

Product Manager, Pearson

“I worked closely with Paul at Pearson and as a product manager I’ve found that it’s rare to find a designer as well rounded as Paul. He drives to understand the true user needs (not just what he’s being told on the surface). Our many hours spent collaborating showed his analytical approach, knowledge of UX best practices, great eye for visual detail, clarity and balance, as well as a drive for the simple and right solution.

And lastly, Paul’s just a really good person. He’s funny, light-hearted, extremely smart, and just a pleasure to work with!”

Michelle Williams

Accessibility Consultant - M.A.W. Consulting

“I had the pleasure of working with Paul at Pearson where I was a UX researcher focused on accessibility. Paul often designed thoughtful and innovative visual and interaction designs for high-profile redesign initiatives. Even more impressive for me, however, was Paul’s ability to adapt to designing with accessibility in mind and his desire to learn about disability. Designers have a lot of responsibility to represent the needs of the people using the systems and having someone empathetic to as many users as possible is invaluable.”