An Evening with Daniel Burka


October 12, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm


SVA MFA Interaction Design Department
136 W 21 Street
3rd Floor
New York City, 10010

What is design like in startups of different sizes? What are common design challenges they face, and how have their investors supported them? What does a design partner in a venture capital firm do? What does Google Ventures think about design, and what is this Design Sprint process that they have promoted recently? Venture capital firms have recognized the importance of design to business success, and have recently added designers to their teams in the roles of design partners or designers in residence (GV itself has at least 6 partners from design backgrounds). Join us as we host Daniel Burka, design partner at Google Ventures, and ask him about everything above and more.

Daniel has spent more than a decade helping startups with product design. He co-founded Canadian web agency Silverorange, where he worked with a broad range of clients including Ning, the Canadian government, and Mozilla, where he helped design the Firefox brand. Daniel led the early stage of designs for and spent five years as Digg’s creative director. He also co-founded the social network Pownce with Kevin Rose and served as director of design for Tiny Speck, a gaming startup that morphed into Slack! In April 2011 Daniel and Kevin co-founded the mobile incubator Milk, which was acquired by Google. He led mobile user experience for Google+ before becoming a partner at GV.

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