MICHAEL UMANSKY

 

CEO

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world.”

 

But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

 

– Walt Disney

Michael joined the company to lead its strategic direction, business development, operations and marketing efforts. His commitment to guiding the team is inspired by his passion for entrepreneurship, interior design and technology.

Prior to his tenure with Laura U Interior Design, Michael – who studied Communications at the University of Texas at Austin – co-founded two successful technology startup companies. In 1998, he launched Blastro.com, one of the first online video-streaming platforms, which Bloomberg Business week voted “Best of the Web” in 2007. Following the successful sale of Blastro.com, Michael started Gazzang – a cloud computing security and encryption startup, which was recently acquired by Silicon Valley bellwether software company, Cloudera.

Michael’s role with Laura U Interior Design also focuses on the company’s venture into new enterprises. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO, Michael has created two extensions tothe design studio’s core business. In 2014, Michael launched Studio U, an off-shoot of Laura U Interior Design, the innovative concept presents clients with an affordable alternative to traditional interior design methods. Michael is also the co-founder of designDASH©, a technology-based platform created to synthesize Laura U Interior Design’s unique process. The software, which is currently in beta form, aims to transforms the process of interior design for both established design firms and consumers. Michael resides in Houston with his wife, Laura, and their two daughters, Liv and Ryan.