Dan Birken


Stuff I've Done

2018 - 2013

Woodworking, coding, building things

2013 - 2009

VP of Engineering, First-ish Employee Thumbtack
Built & managed engineering team, wrote code, analyzed data, crafted monetization schemes, created infrastructure, pitched VCs

2009 - 2007

Software Engineer/Site Reliability Engineer, Google
Wrote code, debugged giant bigtables, automated manual processes


Champs or Chumps – Comparison of cities based on the success of their professional sports teams.

Largest US Cities – Population and demographic info for major US cities, states, counties, zip codes and school districts.

Friendly Options (danbirken/friendlyoptions) – Helps prospective employees understand and compare stock option offers.

Joe Picks An NFL Team – A very unsophisticated podcast about NFL fandom.

Joe Picks A World Cup Team – A somewhat more sophisticated podcast about all 32 World Cup countries.

danbirken/tracking – Really small library to track pageviews/events to different backends.

danbirken/patzer – A Python3 UCI (Univeral Chess Interface) wrapper.

Open Source Contributions

Pandas – Data analysis and exploration tool in python. Contributed a few bug fixes, test updates and performance improvements.