Hi, I'm Owen 👋

I'm a technologist with experience wearing different hats, as a people lead, writer and developer.


I've been in the trenches as a developer and writer, so I know the tech jargon that matters, from Node to AWS.

Today, I'm a UX Manager at Shopify in Toronto, leading a multi-discipline UX team building tools developers love.

TL;DR

What

Before Shopify, I ran a freelance UX strategy and consulting business.

It started with Charged in 2013, a weekly newsletter delivered to 15,000 people, and grew into helping others with UX strategy for more than three years.

Where

I live in Toronto, Canada, with my partner and our fluffy scottish-straight cat, Mika.

Before we moved to Canada in 2019, we lived in Amsterdam, The Netherlands for 5 years, but I grew up in Wellington, New Zealand (we invented the flat white).

Weird

When I'm not working, I love to read, bake, and hike. I'm a little obsessed with finding new music, too.

I'm an avid Twitter user, and joined the service in 2008. I didn't get my short username until much later, but that's a story for in person.


Career

UX Manager (Shopify)

Leading a multi-discipline UX team working on developer tools at Shopify. We build tools developers love, from API design to the CLI.

Founder / Freelancer (Charged)

I helped brands with content, UX strategy and more. Working with a group of companies in every stage to help them get the most from their resources, and grow products with great copy.

Digital Director (VanMoof)

Built the digital marketing organization from the ground up to focus on data-driven decision making and moved app + web development in-house.

I led the engineering team, built out a digital marketing + voice strategy, and helped launch the brand into new countries (including Japan) online.

Editor (The Next Web)

Telling stories about the people behind technology, writing news and breaking down complex topics for wide audiences. Managed implementation of performance-focused overhaul of the site, slashing loading times 60 percent.

Infrastructure/Devops Engineer (Xero)

Engineer on critical infrastructure team responsible for scaling the platform to millions of users. Supported product team to debug issues on the platform, optimized performance and built out a deployment pipeline for high availability.

Side projects

Charged

Independent technology blog and newsletter, keeping people like you up to date with the latest trends.

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Write Together📝

Learn to write through the power of habit-building. It's a social platform that encourages writing anything.

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Podcast🎤

A tech podcast with a difference. Three hosts, casual conversations about the state of the industry.

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Say hello.


I'm currently working full-time for Shopify in Toronto, Canada, so I'm not taking on new freelance clients. But, I'm always interested in new ideas or hearing what you're working on, so say hello.