What We Do
DesignLive is a community marketplace that matches you with the perfect web application expert for 1-on-1 help over video screen-share. You can book a session in as soon as 1 hour for as little as 15 minutes.
We know you want to do-it-yourself. Our experts will help you with your projects and train you how to maintain them on your own. We’ll pair you with the best expert for your business, and host the session over a video chat—that way there’s no miscommunication or wasted time.
We’re bridging the gap between do-it-yourself and do-it-for-me.
Why We Exist
Our Co-founder, David, struggled to build his website while bootstrapping his first business in 2012. He got most of the way there, but the “Specialists” he emailed ignored his “small-scope” needs. Which we think is absurd, because most needs that DIYers have are usually “small-scope.”
He eventually shut down his company to start a web agency focused on helping people like himself. After about a year and 100+ websites worth of experimentation, he discovered that the most efficient way of handling small-scope needs: working with clients in real-time via screen-share.
That’s when he asked Alex to help co-found a company around it. Alex ran his own web agency and tried the screen-share model with a client on a full project. The result: he built the site in a few days for under $1000—typically he would have quoted $5000+ over 4-6 weeks. Since the work was collaborative, the site was actually better and his client could maintain it on their own.
After running agencies, we wanted to do things differently. We realized the inherent inefficiencies in the formalities of the agency (do-it-for-me) process. Emails, meetings, wireframes… with powerful DIY tools like Squarespace, all of this became unnecessary to build functional and beautiful sites for small business owners and creatives.
So David built a way to host and schedule meetings while Alex recruited a handful of Squarespace Specialists to join our community. Faster than we would have ever expected, DesignLive was born.
Who We Are
Head of Growth
David keeps his head in the clouds. He’s our “big ideas” guy and makes the epic plans for how we’re empowering creative professionals to work with greater efficiency and freedom. Sometimes David’s predictions about the future sound crazy, but more often than not he’s right. We’ve learned to trust his gut. Before DesignLive, he started multiple other businesses, most recently a web agency that built over 100 Squarespace websites. He believes in the power of meditation and trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
David received a degree in Entrepreneurship from Belmont University. While there, he won a few business awards and competitions. Most notably, being recognized as one of the top 5 student entrepreneurs in the US by the GSEA.
David’s first business was formed around the cheap wayfarer sunglass fad. People would build their own pairs of glasses to match their favorite sports team, their club’s colors, or their pajamas (like one person who bought 5 pairs).
Head of Community
Alex keeps his hands in the dirt. He rallies the community around a common goal: working 1-on-1 with clients to produce the best work together. That means a lot of facetime advocating our mission. He knows that good design changes the way we experience the world and that words matter—a lot. In another life, Alex wrote songs and branded business across Nashville. He believes in the power of routine and does at least 1 handstand every day.
Alex graduated from Vanderbilt University after studying Classical Guitar, English Literature, and a little bit of Computer Science. He was in some B.S. Honors societies, but is more proud to have led the Rugby team to an SEC Championship in a defensive 9-3 victory over Auburn.
Alex’s first business was selling pizza “by the slice” to hungry dorm-mates at boarding school after check-in. It was kind of a monopoly—his customers were literally locked into the building without another option. His secret? The smell of hot pizza drew the crowds, but he made the real margins on cans of soda.
Head of Product
Andrew keeps his eyes on the prize. He connects the dots between our present position and our lofty ideas. That means he’s often knee-deep “in the code” squashing bugs and building new features. Grounded and with extreme attention to detail, Andrew reminds our team of the stiff reality of logic and reason—but thanks to him we’re always up to best practice. Before DesignLive, Andrew built interfaces for top-secret consulting projects. A competitive sailor, he believes in the power of tactics and complains regularly about living in a landlocked state.
Andrew graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics and Corporate Strategy. He was the president of his Fraternity and the IFC, so he knows a thing or two about organizing the unorganizable.
Andrew’s first business, Mellodi, is a platform that connects college musicians with local on-campus fanbases. The platform remains active, but Andrew put it on the backburner after realizing that he’d successfully hit the ultimate cross-section of non-paying users: college students and musicians.
Head of Technology
Sahil keeps our team on the cutting edge. We joke that it’s his job to automate us out of ours, but that’s exactly why he joined. In practical terms, that means he spends his days refining our matching algorithm so we can provide the best value for everyone in our community. Sahil exists in competing realities: he’s both grounded in the present moment while dreaming of (and building) a software-powered future. Before DesignLive, Sahil taught cabs to drive themselves, built low-latency automated trading systems, and architected a pipeline to process 50 million medical images.
Sahil has more degrees than the rest of us combined, including a Masters of Computer Science from Vanderbilt, a Masters of Economics and B.E. in Civil Engineering from BITS Hyderabad. He once raised more than 6-million rupees (~$100,000 USD) by selling sponsorships for a cultural festival in college to improve the student center.
Sahil’s first business helped pay his way through college—he organized accountants in India to do bookkeeping for American companies overnight. He set them up on his computer in his apartment while he was in class.