Mostly Brilliant

Welcome to Mostly Brilliant, an independent Product and UX consultancy for companies that want to build great products. I specialize in helping businesses translate their big vision for a product into a user-focused, executable plan that minimizes waste in the development process.

Who am I?

👋 I'm Jenn Vargas. I have over 8 years of product management and UX experience ranging from giant companies to brand new startups. I've done social, e-commerce, editorial & content, mobile, desktop, SaaS, you name it. I focus on product strategy, product development, and user experience with the goal of helping you eliminate wasted resources as you build out your digital products. Here's my LinkedIn if you'd like the nitty-gritty.

What do I do?

I help companies get products out of their heads and into the world. I take your Big Idea or Big Problem, analyze it, and turn it into executable bites strategically designed to reach your specific goals. I believe an experience-driven, user-focused approach is the foundation of a successful product.

Often companies jump straight from an idea into design and development without strategically defining their product and how it might best balance the needs of the business with the needs of their target users. This leads to waste of time, money, and effort. That's where I come in.

My goal is to take your vision for your product, balance the user and business needs, and design an optimal solution for your particular business that is ready for design and development. Your product strategy will be designed for the real world.

About Mostly Brilliant

Mostly Brilliant is an independent consultancy. That means it's just me on the other side of this keyboard making all the magic happen. I've built a reputation for being able to do the work of many, do it efficiently, and do it well.

Recently, I've worked with:

  • A collaborative social media planning and scheduling application. (Web)
  • An Uber-like service targeted at college students. (Mobile)
  • A crowd-powered beauty service discovery and booking platform. (Mobile)
  • A mindfulness app focused on breathing and stress-reduction. (Web)

Past clients include ClassPass, Kandu (now Katapult), and Over.

Mostly Brilliant is a proudly location-independent company. My office is wherever I am and I've worked with clients all over the world: New York, London, Cape Town, and Nashville, to name a few.

How the magic happens

Currently I provide two services, one designed for brand new companies, and the other for existing products looking for their next best steps.

From Scratch is designed for that idea that needs to be molded into a product to built and sent out into the world. I'll get you from your lofty vision to the brass tacks it'll take to get it built. When we're done you'll have a product plan, wireframes, a clickable wireframe prototype, and a full set of product requirements in the form of a user journey. More importantly, you'll have your vision translated into the tactical language of designers and engineers who can take it and turn it into reality. I'll even help you staff up design and development through my friends at Gun.io. Starts at $6500.

Next Best Steps. Congrats! Your product is out in the world! But what's next? You have a to do list a mile long, but don't know the best place to start. I'll audit up to 5 key pages of your product. I'll review your roadmap, metrics, user feedback, and any other datapoints you have. If needed, I'll set up additional tracking systems. From this, you'll get a report of at least 15 opportunities for quick improvement and optimization. I'll suggest product features, updates, and prioritization adjustments for the next 3-6 months. We'll have a 1 hour call following my report where you can ask any burning questions. $1500

You + Mostly Brilliant

I'm looking for awesome clients with interesting projects. You can be anywhere in the world.

For us to work together well, you need to be comfortable with digital communication. If the words Slack, screenshot, Google Docs, or emoji make you shudder, we may not be a very good fit. I like to enjoy the process of work, and that may or may not involve the occasional gif. I hope you do too.

You have a budget. While I love a scrappy, bootstrapped startup as much as the next geek, I also really love building my own sustainable business. Unfortunately, I cannot accept equity or offer you deffered payment for when you raise your next round. Unless you're Elon Musk. I'll take equity if you're Elon Musk.

Let's do this!

Fantastic! Enter your email and I'll be in touch shortly. I look forward to learning more about your project.