Damian McCabe

EVP, Product & Technology

Biography

Damian is a respected technology executive and entrepreneur. He is passionate about the power of cross-discipline collaboration between design, product, and engineering to build better products through Product Discovery and Delivery.

Damian’s career in software has taken him across industries and around the globe shipping products at Instagram, Uber, Facebook, and more. His work has received numerous accolades and has been featured by TechCrunch, WIRED, BBC News, Business Insider, CNBC, and The New York Times.

Full Biography

Damian specializes in building cross-disciplinary teams that design and engineer complex products and platforms. He loves to take apart ideas, objects, processes, and data to design product experiences that make technology transparent. Damian is proudly Canadian, but his work in bringing software and hardware together frequently takes him to Silicon Valley and Shenzhen.

He has helped clients across the travel, financial services, retail, internet technology, and consumer electronics industries to plan, build, launch, and maintain software products that are core to their businesses.

Damian McCabe started his career as a Software Developer working on Web and Mobile Applications at IBM. After working on IBM’s Rational Software, he helped start IBM’s first smartphone application development practice. He focussed on mobile app development and systems architecture modernization for mobile.

As a Product Manager at Xtreme Labs and Pivotal Labs (via acquisition), he led the ideation, technical development, and launch of several successful mobile applications. In these roles, he integrated research, user testing, and performance metrics into product strategy, and worked alongside talented engineers and designers to develop and ship impactful product experiences.

Damian’s career in software has taken him across industries and around the globe shipping products at Instagram, Uber, Facebook, and more. His work has received numerous accolades and has been featured by TechCrunch, WIRED, BBC News, Business Insider, CNBC, and The New York Times.

He is now Co-founder and EVP of Product and Technology at Connected, where he works with clients and our constantly growing team of 150 Engineers, Designers, Researchers, Product Managers, and Strategists, pushing them to solve extremely complex problems and create ambitious, market-leading products.

Speaker’s Profile

Expertise in:
—New Product Development (NPD)
—Innovation & Creativity
—Software & Technology
—Cross-Functional Leadership & Teamwork
—Entrepreneurship

Audience & Industry:
—The Technology Industry
—Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
—Corporations
—College & University
—Associations

Events

Connected Product Thinking Mixer With Marty Cagan
San Francisco, USA,  April 2019

Connected Product Thinking Mixers are a series of events devoted to the principles involved in Building Better Products. Our first edition was in San Francisco, beginning with a talk by leading product strategist Marty Cagan, author of the wildly successful book, Inspired, and founder & product partner at Silicon Valley Product Group

Damian McCabe led the Q&A with Marty and the audience.

 

Elevate Product – Created by Connected
Toronto, Canada, September 2018

At Elevate Product,  we explored modern-day product development at the intersection of technology, design, and business. This two-part program focused on the crucial role that continuous discovery and delivery plays in meeting customer demand, offering actionable insights at all stages of the product development lifecycle.

Damian moderated a panel with Gibson Biddle, Former VP of Product at Netflix, Amar Varma, Co-founder and COO of Autonomic, Seema Lakhani, VP of Product at Wattpad and Janna Bastow, Co-founder of ProdPad.

Speech Topics

Unleash your Product Development Teams by Providing Just Enough Structure
How might you empower your teams through structure and systems to unleash creativity and innovation?

 

Mindsets for New Product Development & Innovation
How Product Thinking can unlock innovation and fuel collaboration in your organization.

Best Practices in Product Development
Breaking the rules enabled agility in the methodologies, mental models, theoretical frameworks, techniques, and tools we use at Connected to build better products.

A Primer in Introverted Leadership
A call to change our perspective on leadership, filled with stories from my development as an introverted human, entrepreneur, and business leader.

Lessons learned from product failure.
Failure results in uncomfortable but invaluable learning. I’ve been graced with learnings from product failures that I would like to share with you. Trust me, it was an amazing idea! So where did we go wrong?