Seasoned talent joins from Uber, AirBnB, Google, Tesla, Amazon, Sonos and from leading agencies including AKQA, Razorfish and W+K.

December 3, 2020

2020 threw businesses into complete chaos. No one knew what to do. No one knew what the next move was.

YML exists to be our clients most valued partner. We're grateful our client partners trust us to transform their businesses in this new normal. We show, not tell, our clients how building a world class digital product ensures they’re better equipped to navigate, pivot and adapt in this rapidly evolving world.    

We’ve always believed our digital product agency model was well positioned for the future, and are humbled to have grown our business and team this year.

  • +60% YoY revenue
  • 86% new business win rate in competitive reviews
  • 82 new hires (45% growth YoY)
  • 40% BIPOC
  • 46% women (15% increase YoY), 54% male
  • Equal pay among men and women
  • 26 languages spoken across the team
  • 65% Technologists
  • 96% retention rate among our staff in 2020.

YML has been on a hiring frenzy, and still have an array of remaining open positions (See open roles here across engineering, design, product strategy and more).

YML people are not necessarily agency people: we're busily acquiring the best talent across world class product and technology companies to expand worldwide. Name companies YML is hiring talent from include: Amazon, Sonos, Disney, Google, WeWork, AirBnB, Everlane, IBM Watson, Uber, WarnerMedia, Pagerduty and Mindbody.   

“2020 has been a banner year for YML, and we are in the privileged position of being able to attract and snap up some of the red hot talent available right now from some of the best brand names in both tech and design,“ stated Stephen Clements, CCO, YML.

The staff is nearing 400 globally.

Although we had built remote work into YML’s culture prior to 2020, since Covid our talent pool has truly become global. We’ve hired from Nigeria to Portugal, and Portland to Bangalore, and Toronto to Sao Paolo. Our most recent All-Hands call had well over a hundred people, dialing in from six different continents, more than 20 countries, and 16 states in the US. 

YML has also added nine new clients to our roster this year including Fannie Mae, Thrive Market, and California Pizza Kitchen. 

Core to their success is YML’s ability to identify, engineer and build the digital products and tools which accelerate brands direct to consumer engagement, transactions and loyalty. All revenue originates from strategy, design and engineering for digital products and experiences, and encompasses everything from websites and e-commerce platforms, to mobile apps and emerging tech (AI, machine learning, AR, VR). 

When Covid goes away, when the economy picks up, and jobs and certainty rises once more; we will remain our clients most valuable partner, of that we’re sure. Not because we managed to adapt to the new normal, but because we chose to build it. 


October and November new hires include the following new positions spanning client engagement, design, content, product and engineering:

Linda Sasso 

  • To: Senior Director of Client Engagement 
  • From: Rightpoint (Senior Group Account Director); Razorfish (Senior Client Partner); Havas (Account Director)

Sunil Kalkunte 

  • To: Director of Engineering
  • From: Tavant (Senior Engineering Manager)

Shanti Kurupati

  • To: Director of Engineering 
  • From: Air Asia (Engineering Leader);  Galvanize (Senior R&D Manager)

Chris Marsh

  • To: Director of Engineering 
  • From: Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center (VP of Engineering); AKQA (Director of Technology)

Prashant Palsokar

  • To: Director of Engineering 
  • From: Citizen (Director of Engineering); Avenue Code (Senior Director)

Andrew Leshin

  • To: Director of Business Development
  • From: Mad Studios (Partner)

Laura Polkus 

  • To: Associate Creative Director
  • From: AirBnB (Central Interior Designer); Left Field Labs (Creative Lead); while freelancing with Uncorked agency, Laura led creative with Facebook to design their Diversity and Inclusion hub and their interactive diversity report, and with led the rebrand of download site while at Left Field Labs

Graham Ameron 

  • To: Associate Creative Director 
  • From: Publicis Sapient (Associate Design Director); SapientNitro (Senior Art Director)

Hugo Tiago Fernandes

  • To: Associate Creative Director (Lisbon, 
  • From: Uber (Lead Product Designer); Kettle (Creative Director —( /Marcom Sunnyvale)); AKQA (Design Director —

Jason Glover 

  • To: Associate Creative Director 
  • From: W+K (UX Lead); AKQA (UX Director)

Marquise Flemming

  • To: Senior Designer
  • From: You42 (Senior UI/UX Designer)

Matt Certain

  • To: Senior Engineer, iOS
  • From: Sonos (Senior Mobile Software Development Engineer)

AJ Ortillo

  • To: Senior Designer
  • From: Google (UX designer), Intuit (senior visual designer)

Austin DeHaven

  • To: Senior Designer
  • From: (Product Designer)

Dave Fryer 

  • To: Senior Product Manager
  • From: WeWork (Senior Manager)

Doran Morgan

  • To: Senior Project Manager
  • From: WarnerMedia (Sr. Project Manager)

Parth Vora

  • To: Technical Project Manager
  • From: Amazon (Technical Program Manager), Tesla (Staff Technical Program Manager, Digital Products)

Nadia Sko 

  • To: Design Lead
  • From: Everlane (lead designer) 

Rob Harrigan

  • To: Design Lead
  • From: IBM Watson (Design Principle, Creative Director and Design Lead)

Craig Kind

  • To: Lead, Copy & Content 
  • From: Constellation Road (Founder/Creative Director); Goodby, Silverstein & Partners (Associate Creative Director); AKQA (Associate Creative Director)

Sami Eljabali

  • To: Lead Android Engineer
  • From: PagerDuty (Senior Android Engineer )

Marcus Thompson

  • To: Copywriter
  • From: HourMedia (Copywriter)

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