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PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 10, 2019

Shutting down OK GROW! and joining Shopify

The time has come for me to move on to something new, and OK GROW! is no more. Thank you to our clients, and to our amazing team. My focus remains on building great software development teams, but at a larger scale: I have joined Shopify to help run the app platform. Shopify’s APIs support not only Shopify’s own products, but also a huge partner ecosystem. (In 2018 Shopify partners earned $1.7 billion!)

I started OK GROW! 8 years ago to help startups build software more successfully, and I’m proud of the work we did. We helped many clients from the seed of an idea through to successful growing businesses, including one very successful acquisition and one public listing on the TSXV.

Some of our other successes were:

  • Winning a Toronto Board of Trade Business Excellence Award.
  • Organizing three successful conferences and over a hundred community events.
  • Developing a training program:

    • Training at many conferences including GraphQL Summit and Node Summit.
    • Private training for organizations like Ticketmaster, Priceline, LoyaltyOne, and the Dubai Government.
  • Becoming known in the JavaScript and GraphQL communities for our knowledge, passion and open source contributions.

It was an amazing 8 years.

Shopify’s mission is to support entrepreneurs, trusted by over 1 million merchants and thousands of app developers and service providers, so this is a perfect next step for me, at the next level of scale.