Jonathan Courtney is a Product Strategist and the Founder & CEO of AJ&Smart. Born in Ireland, Jonathan later moved to Berlin with the initial goal of working in music or film, however he quickly realised a talent for product strategy, and soon found himself immersed in the Design world. What started as a successful freelance career soon morphed into what would become AJ&Smart. Since then Jonathan has led AJ&Smart to what it is today – a small but extremely powerful studio that boasts clients from Fortune 500s to high-profile startups, and a strong and highly engaged online following. AJ&Smart have to-date educated tens of thousands of people all over the world about methodologies for more productive teamwork.
One of Jonathan’s passions is helping companies/teams get started, by tackling complex product issues at both large and small companies using the Design Sprint process. He released his first book, The Workshopper Playbook, in April 2020, where he documents many of his learnings from this work.
Jonathan runs a leading weekly Product Design podcast alongside the creator of the Design Sprint, Jake Knapp.