Office Hours with Balsamiq Mentors

Get advice on your startup or your career from senior Balsamiq staff. For free.


We have some very senior people at Balsamiq, leaders in their different fields.

We also love to give back to our community in any way we can. Giving advice to our customers is one of these ways.


How it Works

It's very simple: we set aside some time every month to meet with our customers and answer any questions they might have for us.

You get advice on your current problem / career / life plan, and we get to make a new friend in the process. Win-win! :)

Just choose one of our mentors, send us an email to get in line, and we'll get back to you to schedule your 1-hour online session.

The only thing we ask in return from you is to join our Customer Advisory Board, so we can get your help to improve our offering in the future.


Topics That Are Out of Scope for This Program

This program is about personal and career advice. For other topics, please see below:

  • How to use Balsamiq's product: please refer to our extensive Tutorials or Documentation pages instead.
  • How to wireframe your idea: please refer to our extensive Learning section instead.
  • Asking for investment: we don't do that, sorry.

Meet Our Mentors

Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni

Our founder and CEO Peldi knows a thing or two about building sustainable, bootstrapped, geographically distributed software businesses. He's always happy to help entrepreneurs who are just getting started. Watch these talks and read these blog posts before scheduling, you might just find your answers there!

Peldi does NOT invest in startups, so no pitches please.

Schedule a call with Peldi! Next available appointment: June 2019.

Michael Angeles

Michael Angeles is our interface designer. He is known in the UX community as Konigi. He was one of the original founders of the Information Architecture Institute, and has written about interface and interaction design since 2001. He has been known to play career therapist in the past. He can lend an ear or offer perspective and reflection to new and seasoned UX designers.

Schedule a call with Michael! Next available appointment: June 2019.

[Mike] provided great insight into design approach for products along with tips on where he draws
inspiration from. It was a helpful and cathartic experience. Highly recommend! - Corey Ganser

Leon Barnard

Leon Barnard leads our UI design education team. He has over 10 years of UX design experience and loves talking about wireframing, web design, remote work, and UX career paths. He writes for the Balsamiq Blog and has been published on UX Mastery, the freeCodeCamp and Treehouse blogs, and elsewhere. He is also a mentor for the Springboard UX design course.

Schedule a call with Leon! Next available appointment: May 2019.

Laura Lei

Our graphic designer Laura Lei is passionate and enthusiastic about web and graphic design, lettering, and live music photography. She runs the Bologna chapter of Ladies, Wine & Design. She also created Feeling Things Deeply, a visual project to raise mental health awareness.

Schedule a call with Laura! Next available appointment: March 2019.

Brendan Saricks

Brendan Saricks is one of our Customer Champions and a lifelong customer advocate. His goal is for everyone to have human interactions with their customers and users. Whether you have a specific issue, or just want to brainstorm ways to make your support as human as possible, Brendan is more than happy to help you however he can.

Schedule a call with Brendan! Next available appointment: March 2019.