UX Expert Office Hours @E14 Fund with Karen Donoghue, HumanLogic

E14 Fund – May & June 2021

Expertise:

New product planning and design for founders, user experience strategy and design, user research, remediation for user experience challenges, organization design and hiring.

“Karen generously donates time to MIT’s Venture Mentorship Service; twice I’ve gone to her “office hours” with my early-stage startup prototypes at Dark Star Systems, and her insight been incredibly helpful, even in short interactions. She gets the product idea right away, and sees right to the heart of the issues with clear, actionable UX suggestions every time.”

Gary Oberbrunner, CEO of Dark Star Systems, Inc. (June 16, 2020)

Bio for Karen Donoghue, HumanLogic

Karen is a Principal Interaction Architect at HumanLogic who solves challenging interaction design issues for her clients that include Google, VMware, T-Mobile, SecurityScorecard, Imprivata, and many startups. Karen’s client work focuses on enterprise product design in the areas of Enterprise IT, cybersecurity and device management. Her recent work for startups includes MVP design for Equip Health (a platform for treating eating disorders). Karen also was responsible for the design of the MVP for Resilient Systems, acquired by IBM Security. In June 2021, she co-authored the book Envision Product: User Experience for Founders (published on Apple Books).

Karen is also an Advisor to Turivius (Sao Paolo), SecurityScorecard (NYC) and recently served for one year as an External Advisor to the Tufts University Department of Computer Science.  

Karen has deep experience in platform product design for connected devices.  She has led user experience design for globally released mobile platforms including SavaJe OS, Motorola (Razr2), VMware Switch and a (confidential) neurorehabilitation robotics platform. Between 2018-2020, Karen completed two successful consulting engagements for Google Chrome OS Product Management on platform UX.  

Karen also releases her own mobile products, most recently Local Haze, an iPhone app for monitoring local air quality that crowdsources sensor data for over 26,000 sensors worldwide and maintains a 4.5 star rating.

Karen is an inventor on over a dozen software patents related to software user experiences. In 2002, she authored the first book linking business strategy to online user experience, published by McGraw-Hill in New York. 

Karen earned a MS from the MIT Media Laboratory and a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University.