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Dava Guthmiller is the founder and head of design at San Francisco-based branding firm Noise 13. She ... more

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You started Noise 13 less than two years out of school. How did you find the confidence to launch your business so soon? I think the confidence came from both growing up in a family-owned business and having that ‘big picture’ idea that someday I wanted my own studio. This confidence was supported by working for two design firms where I was responsible for more than just design work, doing everything from proposals and invoices to leading a team. I had also worked as a freelancer during school and was used to interfacing directly with clients. The main push to start my own business happened when I went on vacation and came back to realize I was underappreciated where I was, and I made the rash decision to quit on the spot. It was a ... more

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