Daniel Burka – Prototyping any Product in 5 Days

Daniel Burka


Prototyping any Product in 5 Days

We have all heard the phrase “Ship early, ship often”, It has become a mantra for developers the world over, to build quickly and see concrete results about whether your ideas work or not.

Daniel Burka, a Design Partner at Google Ventures, and his colleagues have taken that idea and evolved it to reduce the overhead associated with developing a product. Daniel works with startups to conceptualize and prototype products in just five days.

Giovanni spoke with Daniel about this prototyping process and how they manage such a feat.

About Daniel Burka

Daniel Burka is a San Francisco-based product designer. He’s currently a design partner at Google Ventures. He works withGoogle Ventures’ many portfolio companies to solve their design challenges.

Previous to Google, Daniel co-foundedSilverorange a Canadian web agency where he got to work with Mozilla (he helped draw the Firefox logo), Ning, Sloan, and did lots of e-commerce and government work to boot. One day Kevin Rose called up silverorange and had Daniel and his team design the early stage designs of Digg Soon after Daniel moved to San Francisco to become Digg’s creative director as the site grew from a niche technology news sites to a leading news entity. Five years later, Daniel left to join a gaming startup called Tiny Speck with the founders of Flickr. Then, with Kevin Rose free to pursue new ventures, he and Daniel co-founded the mobile incubator Milk, which was acquired by Google a year later. After joining Google, Daniel led the mobile user experience team for Google+ before becoming a partner at Google Ventures.


Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of unmatchedstyle.com, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.