Speaker Details

Daniel Burka, Braden Kowitz, John Zeratsky / Google Ventures

Prototypic Prototypers

talk date / time

October 10th / 18:00

Build for Speed: How to Prototype and Test Any Product in Five Days

The current methodology for building applications is broken. Most teams go through the classic agile pattern: ideate, build, launch, measure, iterate, repeat. Even when executed efficiently, this process stifles innovation under the burden of engineering and product launching. Using real-world examples, Daniel and Braden will show how to test your theses more quickly and increase the overall effectiveness (and happiness!) of your whole team.


Daniel, Braden and John advise startups on UX Design and Product Development as part of the Google Ventures team.

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

Previous to Google, Daniel co-founded Silverorange, worked with Mozilla and did lots of e-commerce and government work to boot. Daniel became Digg’s creative director as the site grew from a niche technology news sites to a leading news entity. With Kevin Rose he 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.

On the web you can find him as @dburka or at www.deltatangobravo.com

Braden Kowitz is a product designer, prototyper, and storyteller.
Before joining Google Ventures, Braden led design for several Google Products, including Gmail, Google Apps for Business, Google Spreadsheets, and Google Trends.

Braden started his career building virtual reality simulators at the Beckman Institute, and interactive visualizations at Lucent Technologies. Braden studied Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon.

On the web you can find him as @kowitz or at www.kowitz.co

John is a designer and writer who’s worked on consumer, enterprise, and medical software products. As part of the team who redesigned YouTube in 2011, John led design for YouTube Channels. He also helped create FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. Following the acquisition, John led design for Google’s advertising agency products.
At GV, John helps startups use design successfully. He’s worked with more than 50 companies, including Pocket, Blue Bottle Coffee, RetailMeNot, and Foundation Medicine. John is also GV’s in-house copywriter and content editor — he makes sure the team produces high-quality, entrepreneur-focused content.

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