|Born||October 26, 1977|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Known for||Developing the Design Sprint process|
Jake Knapp (born 1977) is an American writer and designer. Jake spent 10 years working at Google., where he created the Design Sprint and has since coached teams at Slack, LEGO, Savioke, Blue Bottle Coffee, and The New York Times on the method.
In 2016, along with co-authors John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz, Knapp published his first book, ‘SPRINT: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days’ which became a New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestseller, got published in over 20 languages, and has been included on the list of 100 best problem-solving books by BookAuthority
Early life and education
Knapp was born in Washington and attended Orcas Island High School, and later the University of Washington between 1996 and 2001, where he majored in Interdisciplinary Visual Art. During his time at the University of Washington he worked as a Designer at Oakley and at Microsoft, where he continued working after graduation.
Early career at Microsoft
Knapp worked at Microsoft as a Product Designer for 6 years where he worked on Microsoft Encarta and other projects.
Google and GV
In 2007 Knapp joined Google where he worked on products like Gmail and Google Hangouts. In 2012 he started working as a Design Partner at GV, formerly Google Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Alphabet Inc.
In 2010, while working at Google, Knapp created the Design Sprint process after noticing the growing need for rapid innovation and a better way to start big projects. The Design Sprint is a 5 day process that uses Design Thinking principles to help bring products or services to market quicker.  In addition to Google, the Design Sprint has been used by teams at companies like LEGO, Slack, and the New York Times.
In 2016 Knapp published SPRINT, a book about the Design Sprint process. SPRINT became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller and is published in 20 languages. The book has received praise from various Silicon Valley tech executives for offering a step-by-step process for solving problems quickly and managing innovation. Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup said the book offers “a transformative formula for testing ideas that works whether you're at a startup or a large organization...A must read for entrepreneurs of all stripes. ” Dan Heath, co-author of Made to Stick, and Switch, said the book is “ full of helpful, entertaining stories that will make it easier for you to succeed...I wish all business books were this useful.”
The book received praise for its approach to time management. Harvard Business Review called it "practical and engaging". Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies, said it was "Essential reading for anyone who wants to create a happier, more successful life."
Knapp left Google in May 2017 to pursue writing and teaching full-time. Jake now teaches companies about the Design Sprint both in-person and online, and he regularly runs training events all over the world .
Knapp also co-hosts and a weekly innovation and product design podcast together with Jonathan Courtney, a Berlin-based entrepreneur & CEO of AJ&Smart called 'Jake and Jonathan' (formerly Product Breakfast Club) where they’ve interviewed Jason Fried of Basecamp, Julie Zhou of Facebook, and Kim Scott, ex-Google and best-selling author of Management book Radical Candor.
- SPRINT: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days (2016) ISBN 9781501121746
- Make Time: How to Focus on what Matters Every Day (2018) ISBN 9780525572428
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- Courtney, Jonathan (2019-06-04). "How LEGO Run Design Sprints at Scale". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "Design Sprints at LEGO: Q&A with Eik Thyrsted Brandsgård". InfoQ. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Knapp, Jake (2016-03-02). "How Savioke Built A Robot Personality In 5 Days". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- GV (2017-07-06). "Case study: Blue Bottle sprints with GV". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Knapp, Jake (2018-09-20). "How to Run 13 Design Sprints at Once: Inside Maker Week at The New York Times". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Silverman, Rachel Emma (2016-08-23). "How Small Ad Hoc Teams Can Tackle Big Problems". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Knapp, Jake (8 March 2016). Sprint : how to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days. Zeratsky, John (Product designer),, Kowitz, Braden (Product designer) (First Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.). New York. ISBN 978-1-5011-2174-6. OCLC 913304205. Search this book on
- "Business Books - Best Sellers - April 10, 2016 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Knapp, Jake; Zeratsky, John; Kowitz, Braden (2016-03-10). Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. Bantam Press. ISBN 978-0-593-07611-8. Search this book on
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- Knapp, Jake (2019-09-10). "Advice for New Designers". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "I'm Jake Knapp, Design Partner at GV (Google Ventures), and This Is How I Work". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "5 Tips for Running a Successful Design Sprint". www.ideo.com. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Ryan, Kevin J. (2016-03-01). "How to Come Up With Your Next Product Hit in 5 Days". Inc.com. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "Inside A Google Ventures Design Sprint". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Guicardi, Bruno. "Council Post: Design Sprints: Getting Your Ideas To The Finish Line Faster". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Challenger, Warren (2020-03-02). "Book Review: Sprint - How to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "Sprint by Jake Knapp". www.penguin.com.au. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "Make Time". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Muslihat, Dinnie (2019-03-05). "Why You Should Redesign Your Day Using Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky's Make Time Method". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Scott-Curran, Stewart. "Jake Knapp On Making Time For Your Most Important Work". Inside Intercom. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky". Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
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- Rice, Chuck (2018-09-12). "Review: How to Run and Sell Design Sprints Like a Pro by AJ&Smart". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "Review: Design Sprint Bootcamp w/ AJ & Smart + Jake Knapp". Writings. 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "AJ&Smart's Design Sprint Masterclass". The Accidental Design Thinker. 2018-06-24. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- "Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky's Sprint Talk at Google". Innovation Training | Design Thinking Workshops. 2018-01-21. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
- Pacholczyk, Dawid (2019-10-19). "How "The Product Breakfast Club" Thought Me To Learn". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
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