Alain Sylvain is the founder and CEO of Sylvain Labs, a strategy and design consultancy that helps companies seize the reality and potential of their business, products and brands. Clients include Google, American Express, Airbnb, Spotify, Blackrock, Samsung, Pepsico, AB InBev, Jet, IKEA, GM, Sonos, the NBA, and others. Founded in 2010, the company is headquartered in NYC, with offices in Amsterdam and Richmond, VA, and is a Certified B-Corporation.
In addition to Sylvain Labs, Alain is a partner and investor in several ventures, including Master + Dynamic, a design-driven, premium audio brand, So Choice Softworks, a mobile gaming company, Lilo, an açai bowl company, and PetMio, a smart pet food startup. In addition, he has served as executive producer on short documentaries, including Some Kind of Quest, a profile of one very unique individual and his journey to keep a dream on track, and Instafame, an exploration into the psychological impact of digital fame on young people.
Prior to founding Sylvain Labs, Alain was managing director at Redscout and a lead strategist at Mother New York. He also held positions at The Martin Agency, Publicis and SS+K. He frequently shares his perspective on innovation and culture, and has been featured in the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The New York Times, Monocle, Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, Quartz, AdAge, Paper Magazine, and on stage at Fast Company Innovation Festival, WGSN Futures, The Next Web, 3% Conference, NEXT Conference, and Dublin Tech Summit, among others. He is also a current board member of Plus Pool and the VCU Brandcenter. Additionally, Alain is an active contributor to various non-profit initiatives around the world.
Alain attended Columbia University’s SIPA and Columbia Business School, as well as Vassar College.