Heinley Projects is the online archive of BJ Heinley. It is by no means exhaustive, but represents a few inspirational projects and collaborations. BJ has been in the creative field since graduating from The University of Texas in Austin, leading creative teams at several successful startups in Austin and the San Francisco Bay Area. He's also worked at Yahoo!, Spanning (acquired: EMC / Dell), Jotspot (acquired: Google) and even Friendster which kickstarted the social-media boom back in 2000. BJ is actively consulting and designing in Austin, Texas.
While working on projects for clients, BJ also heads up The Bear James Company, a B-Corp that is a growing leader in family education/entertainment space. Bear James has a slew of ongoing events and projects for kids and families, as well website Thinga. Thinga's launch was covered by Techcrunch, and is currently crafting an educational journal that digs deep on topical interests from around the globe.
BJ and his wife own and operate Verde Camp, eight eco-friendly houses in South Congress and Clarksville areas of Austin. In January of 2014 BJ cofounded Sputnik Creative and served as Principal, Creative Director and strategist before leaving to launch Thinga. Prior experiences were VP of Design and UX for Spanning (acquired by EMC/Dell), co-founded Dipity an online tool allowing people to explore timelines in new ways.
BJ has been an active board member of non-profits including the Texas Sculpture Group, HOPE Campaign, and has recently started his own Bear James Foundation working on projects for kids and families.
BJ also invests in smart, forward thinking startups including Stag Provisions, Fleet Coffee, Blue Avocado, and Earthly.
Photo: Bill Sallans