Hi, I'm Owen 👋

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


Because I've been in the trenches as a developer *and* writer, I know all about the tech jargon that matters, from Node.JS to GCP.

Today, I help great teams get to their potential by making technology friendlier with words, and help product teams build their UX writing discipline, or position themselves in a crowded, jargon-laden startup world.

Oh, and I write a weekly column about how technology is shaping the world for Medium's OneZero, called Debugger.

TL;DR

What

I run my own business. It started with Charged in 2013, a weekly newsletter delivered to 15,000 people.

Today, it's also a paid daily service with 400 members and I deliver it Tuesday - Friday mornings. Oh, and helping people like you, too.

Where

I'm in the middle of moving to Toronto, Canada, but right now I live in Amsterdam, Netherlands with my partner and our fluffy scottish-straight cat.

I spent the better part of my life in Wellington, New Zealand, one of my favorite places in the world. We invented the flat white there.

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

Founder / Freelancer (Charged)

I help brands with copy, strategy and more, as a for-hire resource. 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.

Head of marketing / growth (Hoist)

Developing marketing strategy and executing it autonomously, reaching out to developers and coding our marketing site. Use wide range of analytics tools (Mixpanel, Crazyegg, Google Analytics) to iterate in real-time on strategy.

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

Hubble📡

Custom-engineered platform for building your community, and getting paid for your work.

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re:Charged

Paid morning technology briefing and community, without clickbait or advertising.

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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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Alas, I'm not looking for freelance clients right now.


I'm currently working for Shopify in Toronto, Canada, so I'm not taking on new clients. But, I'm always interested in new ideas or hearing what you're working on, regardless.