Lead Designer

Remote /
Product /
Full-time
What we do

Our mission at Vana is to shift the flow of data for a more prosperous world. We are building tools for the financialization of data, adding a native incentive layer to data to empower users to reclaim their data from siloed services. We have raised $20M from top crypto-native VCs and are a small team that got started out of MIT.

For more information, see our hiring FAQ. 

The problem

Today’s data economy works like a serfdom. The value of user data is captured by large tech monopolies rather than by the individuals who created the data. Individuals know their data is being stolen but do not know what to do about it. At the same time, it is difficult for any company other than a large tech monopoly to apply machine learning as they don’t have access to the right data, which is usually siloed in the platform where it is generated. This leads to compounding wealth inequality as our economy has not been designed to accommodate the strange exponentials of data.

We’re building tools to fix this. The Vana Vault helps users own and multiply their predictive value. Users securely export personal data from siloed tech platforms, earn interest on their data capital, and access the future value of their data. They decide what parts of their digital self to share, who to share it with, and how much they want for it. Companies in the ecosystem, from Fortune 500 fashion companies to health tech startups, rent data directly from consumers to make predictions, creating new value while directly paying the users that created the data. 

The product team executes from discovery to delivery to determine the right problems to solve for, and collaborates cross-functionally to solve for them through qualitative and quantitative user research, ideation, usability testing, wireframing, storyboarding, and tracking leading and lagging indicators of desired outcomes. 

This role will be solving some design problems that have no precedent and will be at the forefront of delivering exceptional experiences in the data world of web3. 

Minimum Qualifications:

    • 5+ year of product design experience
    • Experience designing in web3
    • Ability to lead design through discovery and delivery and into the hands of users 
    • Ability to champion best design practices while forging a new path forward for problems that haven’t been solved yet before through design 
    • Ability to create and evolve Vana design identity into all of our products 
    • Ability to craft and put into practice Vana’s design principles 
    • Ability to lead user research and user testing 
    • Ability to synthesize information and socialize with the team 
    • Ability to collaborate closely with engineering and our community / support team 
    • Ability to lead Associate and Senior designers as our team grows
    • Ability to work from high-level strategy down to solving granular design problems with the team
    • Ability to champion the voice of the user in every product design decision 
    • Ability to understand how design fits into Vana’s product and business goals 
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with other team members, and bring them closer to the end users
    • A solid understanding of crypto and blockchain technologies and how that provides unique opportunities in designing user experiences 

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Ability to lead Associate User Researchers 
    • Data savvy; has worked building data products before 
    • Experience designing products that require building trust
    • Experience designing consumer products
    • Experience designing for developers
    • Experience designing with regulatory constraints in mind (crypto custody, data regulation, etc)
    • Experience bringing financialization to a new market
    • Experience working with crypto protocols
    • Experience working with Figma


What we offer

We are building a foundational piece of the user-owned internet and would love for you to be a part of our team. We are a diverse group of driven, smart, and ambitious individuals, constantly challenging each other to grow, learn and iterate faster. We are experts across our fields and experienced entrepreneurs looking to scale our success in something deeply mission-driven.

For more information, see our Vana Hiring FAQ [External]

At Vana, we are big on collaboration and supporting each other to learn, grow, and excel in our individual pursuits. In addition to joining the Vana family, the successful candidate will receive: 

- A competitive base salary
- A generous benefits package including health insurance, dental and vision
- Flexible work schedule
- Unlimited PTO