Darian C. Hendricks is a seasoned business, brand, and technology strategy consultant, with over 20 years of experience, working with C-level management, company founders, and boards of directors, worldwide, in both start-ups and large enterprises to bring large scale, complex projects to market, especially in the digital space. He has experience in both professional consulting, start-ups, and product companies, ranging from financial and energy services, consumer retail, healthcare, not-for-profit, technology and telecommunication sectors. He has worked on projects ranging from $10,000 – $30 M and as many as 400+ individuals. He is an accomplished creative / user experience director, information architect, and software designer, especially mediating between business, technology and creative teams to design award-winning digital applications and solutions, especially where e-commerce is involved.
Mr. Hendricks has led creative, research, and user experience design teams; as well as designed and written specifications for small to large scale off-the-shelf and custom-built technology applications. Mr. Hendricks has also designed global applications for Fortune 100 companies and applications in languages, such as French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
Mr. Hendricks started a business and design consultancy in 2003 called Manwarin | Scott Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a havens indesign studios. The company helps businesses create value for their clients and customers by designing integrated digital and analog experiences that create paradigm shifts within their industries.
Recently his work has centered on accelerating ideas and people into leaders and innovators through hands-on mentoring and training by way of his XStudio and XLab model. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of the Robert R. Taylor Network, Inc. (RRTN) which he co-founded, an innovation accelerator, “XStudio / XLab”, to put powerful computing resources coupled with a “learn-by-doing” real-world practicum of technology delivery in the hands and lives of underrepresented youth and communities to create disruptive businesses and technologies. RRTN is currently building a distributed federation network of node sites powered by an end-to-end hybrid innovation tech platform to bring ideas, teams, and businesses to market. The program was named after and piloted at MIT in honor of the first-known black graduate in 1892, Robert Robinson Taylor, an accomplished professional architect and educator. The organization designed in 3 months a 10,000 sq. ft. fine art, museum quality exposition on the global history of black cultural contribution to architecture, science, technology, engineering, and math at the 2010 Senegal World Festival of Black Arts and Culture. The exhibition was called “ADIAS: A Scientific Discovery”
Mr. Hendricks has a breadth of experience in the non-profit sectors working at both the Board and operational level, including strategic planning, volunteer recruitment and cultivation, team building, conference planning, program development and execution, brand development, membership and resource development. He is an active community volunteer and recruits for MIT as an Educational Counselor for the last 25 years at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Mr. Hendricks received a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Benjamin Franklin Programme Diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). He is currently pursuing an Applied Biotechnology Certificate at Boston University.