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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, schedule the session, and meet us for your 1-hour video chat.

The only thing we ask in return from you is to join our Research Program, 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:


Meet Our Mentors

Alberto Forni

Alberto Forni

software development career path

Alberto is a software engineer. Nowadays, he focuses mostly on the frontend, but he has experience in microservices architectures, testing and continuous integration and delivery. Alberto worked in a few different countries and a variety of companies from startups to consulting agencies. You can chat with him about programming, career path, and how to foster collaboration between designers and developers.

Schedule a call with Alberto!
Billy Carlson

Billy Carlson

Wireframing UX Design Team Leading

Billy is a member of our UI design education team. He’s been designing websites and products for large corporations and startups for over 13 years. You can chat with him about UX, product design and management, and leading design teams. He contributes to the Balsamiq Wireframing Academy site by writing articles and conducting interviews. He also serves as an adjunct at Northwestern’s Segal Design Institute.

Schedule a call with Billy!
Brendan Saricks

Brendan Saricks

Customer Support

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!
Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni

Giacomo “Peldi” Guilizzoni

Bootstrapping Strategy Marketing

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 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!
Laura Lei

Laura Lei

Graphic Design Web Design Lettering

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 Lei!
Leon Barnard

Leon Barnard

UX Design Wireframing Remote Work Team Leading

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 Balsamiq 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!
Marco Botton

Marco Botton

Software Development Team Leading

Marco is the lead developer of Balsamiq Wireframes for Web, Mac, and Windows. He loves everything that lives on client side, especially if it’s a multiplatform app made with a bunch of different technologies, but which behaves like a truly native app. He is also genuinely obsessed with software performance, simple code architecture, and good looking UI. Schedule an hour with him to chat about software development on desktop and web, and how not to go crazy because of it.

Schedule a call with Marco!
Michael Angeles

Michael Angeles

UI/UX Design Career Path Wireframing

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!
Natalie Gould

Natalie Gould

Company Policies Remote Work Operations Team Leading

Natalie is our CFO and leads the Admin Team and company-wide Kaizen projects (team building, process improvement, policy setting, and discussions). She believes caring for finances and caring for people do not have to be in opposition to one another. She’s always happy to share ideas about building not only a financially healthy company, but also one with a safe, welcoming, and positive work environment.

Schedule a call with Natalie!
Stefano Masini

Stefano Masini

Software Development Team Leading

Stefano Masini leads the development of our Balsamiq Cloud product. He's been developing software professionally for 20+ years, occasionally giving talks at technical conferences. He loves tackling new problems with a down-to-earth, hands-on approach, trying to pull simplicity and elegance out of complexity. You can talk to him about a wide range of topics, like React, Javascript, Typescript, Python, GraphQL, AWS, scalable architectures.

Schedule a call with Stefano!