Damien Burke started working on Internet startups in 1999 and never stopped. He has been an engineer, founder, CTO, VP, and product manager.
Outside of tech, Damien is certified in ontological coaching, hypnosis, and neuro-linguistic programming. He spent several years as a professional poker player, has performed as an actor in theatre, commercials, network television, and film, and currently serves on the board of his local neighborhood council.
Damien is the co-creator of EarlyWords, a tool to help aspirational creatives achieve flow.
He is the creator of the Neighborhood Council Management System which supports volunteers working in (very) local government.
He is also the creator of Neverbust, the bankroll manager for professional poker players.
Finally, Damien offers coaching and consulting for software product teams at Talaria Software.
April 6th, 2022 | 46 mins 20 secs
Greater Than Code panelists Mandy Moore, Damien Burke, and Aaron Aldrich talk about how life has changed for them during the pandemic and realize the power of joy, happiness, and fulfillment as activism while discussing the power of ritual, intention, reflection, and alignment.
March 23rd, 2022 | 52 mins 55 secs
Nyota Gordon acknowledges the unspoken. This conversation examines the hold that news and social media have on humanity, the impact of AI, and her belief that the intersection of cybersecurity and employee wellness is resiliency.
February 16th, 2022 | 58 mins 24 secs
Paul Rayner joins us to talk about Eventstorming and how it’s optimized for collaboration among teams, helps to visualize business processes, and helps with knowledge distillation and clarifying semantics.
February 2nd, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
Nikema Prophet talks about authenticity and power, seeing other people for their whole selves, facilitating safe spaces, becoming a founder, thoughts on education and homeschooling, and how impostor syndrome should not be normalized.
December 8th, 2021 | 1 hr 19 mins
Evan Light vulnerably gets deep into conversations around ADHD, faith, science, and truth, and explores areas of disagreement with the panelists. Psychological safety is discussed, as well as unconscious bias, neuroscience, and mindfulness.
October 6th, 2021 | 54 mins 25 secs
Jen Weber talks about differences between working on open source vs commercial software products, things you should keep in mind when it comes to pushing major vs minor releases, and ways we as an industry could do open source better as a collective whole.
September 29th, 2021 | 1 hr 45 secs
TRIGGER WARNING: Domestic Violence, Abuse, Interpersonal Safety
Eva PenzeyMoog talks about her superpower being her ADHD and ability to hyperfocus before diving into a discussion about her book, “Designing for Safety.” We talk about how technology can be weaponized for harm and that it’s not a matter of might. It’s when. She talks about what engineers, designers, and even product managers need to know when building applications, and that it is our responsibility to prioritize the safety of marginalized people over the comfort of unmarginalized people.
August 11th, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
Rony Abovitz talks about having a free-willing imagination, and using his gifts of insight and intuition to maintain a sense of wonder and free-spiritedness.
The conversation veers towards talking about power structures and hierarchies and we wonder, is it possible (or will it ever be) to use technology to decentralize social structures? Can (or should we) hack reality?
August 4th, 2021 | 56 mins 22 secs
Brianna McGowen talks about making peace without giving up, practicing acceptance vs. resignation, the concepts of community-owned AI, and that trustless = antihuman.
She also chats about her involvement with Delicious Democracy and gives us her definition of “Equitism.”
July 28th, 2021 | 57 mins 53 secs
Jennifer Strickland talks about equitable and inclusive design, being aware of your biases and prejudices, how ego plays a part in these things, and empathy and accessibility for all.
May 26th, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
Organizer of conferences such as “Pear Conf” and “Let’s Sketch Tech!” Marlena Compton joins the show to talk about the intersection of art and technology. She stresses “The Power of Print”, and talks about the beauty of zines, sketchnoting, and handwriting.
May 5th, 2021 | 47 mins 24 secs
Jess Szmajda talks about the importance of using inclusive language, active listening, and metacognition: asking ourselves, “What are we not thinking about?” when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
March 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 9 mins
Karen Catlin talks about being a better ally and everyday actions to create inclusive workplaces, why it’s important to venture beyond homogenous networks, and ways we can help mitigate gender disparity in the tech industry.
February 17th, 2021 | 50 mins 40 secs
Elyse Robinson talks about being fearless and moving to and living in Mexico, navigating broken interview processes, and evaluating human performance.
February 10th, 2021 | 53 mins 5 secs
Wesley Faulkner talks about the idea that as a society, we should be sharing responsibility based on strengths and delegating “weakness”. We should be operating as a string quartet! He also talks about how mission statements usually represent false values that are especially harmful to marginalized people and groups and attempting to talk truth to power and enact change.
January 27th, 2021 | 1 hr 7 mins
Mando Escamilla and the rest of the panelists talk about dealing with life over the past few years, finding anchors to deal with feeling lost and unmoored, being okay with being less productive, and practicing gratitude for the communities you do have.