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Making a Quarter of a Million: Justin’s Story

Masha Bocharova
Masha Bocharova

Meet Justin

Justin LaBaw-Rivers is an accomplished Principal Product Designer. His work has been showcased at Apple Music, Biostrap, Google, NTWRK, Pluto TV, and the world's largest web3 marketplace, Magic Eden. Over his 14-year career, Justin has distinguished himself in agile and startup environments, often taking the lead as the solo designer. Justin is a skilled design and team manager with excellent communication skills. He enjoys meditating by the beach, running, and experiencing LA's cuisine.


Justin's career took an exciting turn when he joined Braintrust. In just a year of using the platform to connect with contract opportunities, he was able to earn an impressive $243,660. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the positive impact Braintrust can have on freelance careers. By providing a platform for skilled professionals to find fulfilling and lucrative projects, Braintrust is helping shape the future of work.


Journey to Freelance Success

Justin LaBaw-Rivers is a highly experienced Principal Product Designer who has taken a unique path in the design industry. He began his journey at the University of Florida and has since worked at prominent companies like Google and Pluto TV in bustling cities like NYC and sunny Los Angeles. Throughout his career, Justin has demonstrated a creative flair and a deep passion for product design, resulting in impressive career growth.

justin portfolio


Braintrust Discovered

About 18 months ago, Justin stumbled upon Braintrust through LinkedIn. He was immediately drawn to the platform’s diverse opportunities, from helping startups launch MVPs to engaging in seasonal projects with larger companies. 

I’m a big fan of the quality of projects and clients Braintrust is bringing to their platform,” Justin explains, emphasizing the breadth of opportunities Braintrust offers.

Justin quote for talent blog-1


The Braintrust Experience

What sets Braintrust apart for Justin is the transparency and personal approach in the job search process. 

The Matchers always made it a point to get to know you as a person first, then a designer,”
he notes.

This personal touch differentiates Braintrust from other job platforms, where applications often feel like they disappear into the void.



Standing Out as a Designer

Justin advises fellow community members to be genuine and show their passion. 

Show more of your design thinking and process behind your work,” 
he suggests, emphasizing the importance of a detailed portfolio in attracting quality projects and clients.


Looking Ahead

Justin’s experience on Braintrust is one of many example of how the right platform can elevate a freelance career to new heights. His impressive earnings and the enriching projects he undertook demonstrate the success of a skilled individual working alongside a supportive and aligned platform.

As Braintrust continues to evolve, it remains committed to empowering freelancers like Justin, helping them connect with meaningful work and achieve their professional goals. Justin's journey with Braintrust is not just a story of individual success; it's a beacon for all freelancers striving to make their mark in the digital world.


Join Braintrust today as a Talent, a Client, or a Connector!


As a Connector, you earn BTRST with every referral you make. Anyone can join; you don't need to be a freelancer to help refer! 


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