Founder of the creative agency, RiSER. Author of the book, Burn Your Portfolio.

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"The straight-forward and funny advice in Janda's book is what most people only learn after toiling in the corporate trenches for years. (Um, how dare he share ALL our secrets?!) I hope he's charging at least a year's worth of school tuition for this book... Seriously, take copious notes on the practical suggestions offered here to help steer your own career, whether it's your first job or your 15th freelance gig. The drama-free work approach and leadership style outlined in Burn Your Portfolio is what makes working with him and all the folks at his company, Riser, FUN and worthy of the cupcakes we send to celebrate each of our successes together."

− Michelle Sullivan: VP Digital, Kids & Family Publishing and Media National Geographic

"I’ve worked with Michael and Riser for many years, and the thing that differentiates Michael and his team from other agencies is their ability to speak my language vs. design speak! Michael and his company Riser are not only super-creative, but they are total professionals. Communication is a big reason why Michael and his team are so successful at what they do. They are good at listening to a client who is not a designer, who is trying to convey the details of a project and working with the client to get the job done well, on time and on budget. I can’t think of a better person to give advice to designers who need to work with clients in the real world."

− Melissa Van Meter: VP, Marketing & Advertising TV Guide Network

"Mike has built his company from a small mom and pop shop into a fledgling and highly competitive interactive agency. His company handles all facets of the internet. His company has worked with high profile clients such as ABC, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. By far, one of the most honest, nice and creative person that I know. He is always willing to go above and beyond for any client. I vouch everything that Mike and his company delivers."

− Thuy (Twee) Tran: Digital Media Senior Producer, ABC Family

"From both a personal and professional perspective, Mike Janda is simply one of the best people I've worked with. His pride in his work is unparallelled, as is his flexibility and professionalism. As a vendor contracted by ABC.com, he's guided his team through tight deadlines and shifting specs to produce top-flight work, creatively and technically strong. Mike is a go-to guy."

− Larry Terenzi: Director, US Operations, Crackle, Sony Pictures Television

"Michael Janda and the Janda Design company are a pleasure to work with. They deliver excellent work with zero complications- there's no agency with a better work ethic and customer service attitude. 100% of their work has been done remotely, and we've never had any issues with communication or delivery. Janda Design Company are my go-to agency when I need something done well and done right- highly recommended."

− Marc Siry: Vice President Strategic Development at Comcast

"This book should be a mandatory course at an art school... no, at all schools! The message transcends occupation; it’s about maneuvering through the unspoken rules and dynamics of various personalities in your workplace. Mike is a perfect person to deliver this message; his long-term relationships and success of his business are the true testimony of his skills on managing up, down and sideways. Your talent alone will take you nowhere if your character doesn’t support it. If you want longevity in your field, this book is a must-read."

− Jane Bhang: Consulting Art Director Sony Pictures Entertainment


Founder of the creative agency, RiSER. Author of the book, Burn Your Portfolio.

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