Ryan Arnaudin

I am a full-stack product lead with over 14 years of experience designing & shipping professional software. Most recently, I held product leadership roles at Brightidea, where I led teams to build & launch B2B SaaS tools for corporate innovation management (e.g., Brightidea Whiteboard).

I am a problem solver. I integrate an engineering education with a career in human-centered design to collaborate cross-functionally in defining, exploring, and solving complex problems with a balance of analytical & creative approaches.

I’m fascinated by ideas and love figuring out new, innovative products by taking them from zero to one. I also have extensive experience maintaining and evolving legacy products & platforms. I am a long-term, strategic thinker and get satisfaction from knowing my products are useful in creating impact in the world.

I have worked across most disciplines on a modern software development team–ranging from QA to Design to Product Management–giving me insight into balancing the different angles necessary to build great products. I have designed applications & experiences spanning mobile, web, and desktop. As a PM, I have led teams to launch cutting-edge enterprise SaaS apps. I have conducted a variety of user research and facilitated workshops. I have developed free & experimental apps myself, so can empathize with developers to understand technical challenges.

I have preferred working with mission-focused companies that build creative tools to amplify human imagination, creativity, innovation, and design capabilities. However, I am curious and always learning new things, so any inventive applications of technology to empower people will likely catch my interest. If you have opportunities, reach out to explore how we might be able to build something together.

Please find an overview of my experience below and on LinkedIn, or request a resume.



October 2017 - March 2022

Product Lead · Senior Product Manager · Product and Design Lead · Senior Product Designer


March 2011 - October 2017

Senior Experience Designer · Senior Product Designer

Blue Ridge Numerics

January 2008 - March 2011

Product Design Engineer · Quality Assurance Engineer · Technical Support Engineer


2010 - 2012

Independent Software Test Engineer

Education & Training

BS, Aerospace Engineering

Cum Laude, Honors Commonwealth Scholar

Virginia Tech

Certificate in User Experience


Nielsen Norman Group

LUMA Certified Practitioner

Advanced Facilitation · Advancing Innovation · Human-Centered Design

LUMA Institute

Human Computer Interaction

Studio Track with Distinction


Situational Leadership Training

Ken Blanchard Companies


  • Product Design
  • Product Management
  • Product Leadership
  • Product Strategy
  • User Experience Design (UX)
  • User Interface Design (UI)
  • Interaction Design (IxD)
  • Information Architecture (IA)
  • User Research
  • Usability & Usability Testing
  • Innovation & Idea Management
  • Facilitation

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