👋 Hi, I'm Brian Dainton,

an engineering leadership coach based in Austin, Texas.

People first, tech second

I believe in leading dev teams with compassion, so I make videos, write, and speak about it.

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Built a life as a tech founder x 4 and a long-time engineering leader. Won an Emmy Award along the way. Born and raised in Chicago. Computer Science at UIUC. Married and living in Austin. Trying to be a good husband and dad.

Outside of coaching, I'm a startup advisor, mentor, and speaker.

I also run Verkout, the quick daily workout challenge, and Ceramic Cowboy, a fashion line I created with my younger teenage son.

For fun, I golf, gamble, read, stay fit via the Daily Verkout, and build things like this personal site, the Engineering Leadership Compass, Alby (AI for golf situations), AirFryMe, and Tulaga.

Please follow me on YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and Threads. Connect on LinkedIn. Otherwise, contact me here.