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Jake Knapp

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Jake Knapp (born 1977) is an American writer and designer. Jake spent 10 years working at Google.[1], where he created the Design Sprint and has since coached teams at Slack[2], LEGO[3][4], Savioke[5], Blue Bottle Coffee[6], and The New York Times[7] on the method[8].

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’[9] which became a New York Times[10] & Wall Street Journal Bestseller[11], got published in over 20 languages, and has been included on the list of 100 best problem-solving books by BookAuthority[12]

During his time at Google, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and while at Microsoft, Microsoft Encarta[13][14].

Early life and education[edit]

Knapp was born in Washington and attended Orcas Island High School, and later the University of Washington between 1996 and 2001[15], 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[edit]

Knapp worked at Microsoft as a Product Designer for 6 years where he worked on Microsoft Encarta and other projects.

Google and GV[edit]

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[16], formerly Google Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Alphabet Inc.


In 2017 Knapp became a Visiting Fellow at IDEO, a title he still holds[17].

Design Sprint[edit]

In 2010, while working at Google, Knapp created the Design Sprint process[18][19] 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. [20] In addition to Google, the Design Sprint has been used by teams at companies like LEGO, Slack, and the New York Times.[3][4][5][6][7]

In 2016 Knapp published SPRINT, a book about the Design Sprint process. SPRINT became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller[10] and is published in 20 languages. The book has received praise[21] from various Silicon Valley tech executives[22] 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.”

Make Time[edit]

Knapp’s second book, Make Time, was released in September 2018[23] [24]and focuses on helping the reader create  time for their priorities and what matters most to them[25].  

The book received praise for its approach to time management[26]. Harvard Business Review called it "practical and engaging"[26]. 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."[26]


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 [27][28][29][30][31].

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[32]) 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.



  1. Zax, David (2016-06-04). "How This Googler Redesigned The Workweek". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  2. Rose, Kevin (2016-03-07). "Check out 'Sprint' (and go behind-the-scenes with Slack)". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Courtney, Jonathan (2019-06-04). "How LEGO Run Design Sprints at Scale". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Design Sprints at LEGO: Q&A with Eik Thyrsted Brandsgård". InfoQ. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Knapp, Jake (2016-03-02). "How Savioke Built A Robot Personality In 5 Days". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  6. 6.0 6.1 GV (2017-07-06). "Case study: Blue Bottle sprints with GV". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  7. 7.0 7.1 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Business Books - Best Sellers - April 10, 2016 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  11. 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
  12. "100 Best Problem Solving Books of All Time". BookAuthority. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  13. "Design Sprints by Jake Knapp". Mind the Product. 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  14. "Jake Knapp". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  15. Knapp, Jake (2019-09-10). "Advice for New Designers". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  16. "I'm Jake Knapp, Design Partner at GV (Google Ventures), and This Is How I Work". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  17. "5 Tips for Running a Successful Design Sprint". Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  18. Ryan, Kevin J. (2016-03-01). "How to Come Up With Your Next Product Hit in 5 Days". Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  19. "Inside A Google Ventures Design Sprint". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  20. Guicardi, Bruno. "Council Post: Design Sprints: Getting Your Ideas To The Finish Line Faster". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  21. 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.
  22. "Sprint by Jake Knapp". Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  23. "Make Time". Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  24. 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.
  25. Scott-Curran, Stewart. "Jake Knapp On Making Time For Your Most Important Work". Inside Intercom. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 "Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky". Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  27. PEYTON, arlie] (2020-03-19). "Boosting Your Career and Getting a Raise in 2020 and Beyond". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  28. Rice, Chuck (2018-09-12). "Review: How to Run and Sell Design Sprints Like a Pro by AJ&Smart". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  29. "Review: Design Sprint Bootcamp w/ AJ & Smart + Jake Knapp". Writings. 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  30. "AJ&Smart's Design Sprint Masterclass". The Accidental Design Thinker. 2018-06-24. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  31. "Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky's Sprint Talk at Google". Innovation Training | Design Thinking Workshops. 2018-01-21. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  32. Pacholczyk, Dawid (2019-10-19). "How "The Product Breakfast Club" Thought Me To Learn". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-05.

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