Jake Koperski

Design Studio Program Lead


As a Design Studio Program Lead, Jake's responsibilities vary. During the school year, Jake wears the hat of a mentor, advising teams on best practices for communicating with stakeholders, managing risk, and prioritizing tasks. His experience in the startup world lends him well to coaching seed-stage startups going through the Design Studio program. During the summer, Jake creates and cultivates industry relationships and connects prospective project sponsors to opportunities within the program.

Following his time in undergrad, Jake joined Box as a software engineer on the Partner Integrations team where he collaborated with enterprise partner engineering teams to seamlessly integrate the Box experience into third-party platforms. Then, he transitioned to the startup world and led the engineering efforts at Feathery, a Silicon Valley startup. There, he grew the engineering team, forged relationships with new customers, and propelled Feathery from a young MVP-stage product to a mature no-code platform. During his professional career, he has lived in San Francisco, Kansas City, and Lincoln.

Jake earned his Bachelors of Science in Software Engineering and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2020. He is an alum of the Raikes School as a member of Cohort 2016.

In his free time, Jake sings, hikes, reads, and codes. He has an ongoing initiative to hike 1000 miles across all 50 states and codes on passion projects like a cookbook, slide deck editor, and N-dimensional chess.

  • RAIK 401H Design Studio I
  • RAIK 402H Design Studio II
  • RAIK 403H Design Studio III
  • RAIK 404H Design Studio IV
Clifton Strengths
Strategic People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Restorative People exceptionally talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
Learner People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
Developer People exceptionally talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from evidence of progress.
Analytical People exceptionally talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all of the factors that might affect a situation.