Hello! My name's Keir Whitaker, and I'm a UK-based coach working with founders, leaders and experts running digital and creative businesses.
I'm not very good at talking about myself (it's a terribly English trait) — I'd much rather learn about you and your business. However, I thought you might want to know a little about me before getting in touch, so if you'll indulge me, here's a short bio.
I'm a self-taught developer from the early days of the Web 1.0 era (yes, I remember the browser wars).
With over 25 years of experience in the technology, web, ecommerce, and SaaS sectors, I've accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
Throughout my career, I've taken on diverse roles, including development, product marketing, technical content, event curation, leadership, and partnerships.
I was one of the first 100 employees at Shopify, where I spent 7 impactful years on the Partnerships team (2012–2018).
Back in 2004, I founded my first web development agency, collaborating with clients across various industries, gaining valuable insights along the way.
Small businesses and entrepreneurship have always held a special place in my heart. Working with passionate founders and leaders brings me immense joy.
I've had the honour of speaking at conferences, leading workshops, and hosting industry events, sharing my knowledge and connecting with fellow professionals.
In addition to my coaching practice I run Work With Shop which interviews founders, leaders and experts from Shopify ecosystem
I'm an investor in the Shopify app Smart Notifications, which reduces the overhead of manually filtering and passing orders to suppliers, vendors, staff, and customers.
In the summer of 2022, I created We Worked at Shop to assist individuals laid off from Shopify in June 2022 and subsequently May 2023
I am fascinated by the Cold War, Modernism, and advertising history. I like a strong IPA and an occasional cocktail.
I currently live in Bath, England with my wife, two children and a feline companion who undoubtedly rules our household (although you won't find her on my team page).