My name is Keir Whitaker and I am based in Bath in the South West of England. Since 2012 I have been working at Shopify helping grow the Partner Program and building a community around designers working with the platform. I joined in 2012 — it’s a great company and I feel very privileged to be part of it. You can find my full professional history on Linkedin.
In addition to my work at Shopify I co-host the irregular, and irreverant, Back to Front Show podcast with my good friend Kieran Masterton. After a year-long hiatus, we returned in January 2016 with the “difficult” 39th episode. It’s good to be back.
In November 2015, I launched an email newsletter called Byte Size Bites aimed at digital workers. Each issue I share interesting articles I have enjoyed as well as featuring books, gear, and music recommendations. Topics covered include ecommerce, the web industry, podcasting, music, film, magazines, apps, gear, publishing, travel, remote working and more. You can subscribe here.
In September 2016 my good friend, and the man behind Beyond Tellerrand, Marc Thiele kindly invited me on his Twumble podcast. In this episode we chat about sponsorships, web events, my role at Shopify, remote working, balancing work and family life, and how I always leave the party before it's over!
Prior to moving to the West Country from London in 2008, I worked at a small web development agency with a focus on large scale data driven web applications as well as undertaking a variety of freelance projects. Pre 2004 I held a number of mostly web related positions in the NHS (National Health Service) in East London, UK.
Before the internet was even a thing I worked at the Royal Albert Hall in the box office. I have many funny tales from this era, feel free to quiz me if we meet.