I run a web shop called Grizzly & Poppy
I’m working on Shopify solutions for a bunch of awesome clients including: The Elder Statesman, Beyonce, Modern Times Beer, The Black Eyed Peas, Cleobella, CrossFit, Deseda, Sebastian Manascalco, and more!
I’m usually writing frontend code for agencies that on-shore their web development work to me, but I also work directly with merchants solving a variety of fun problems on Shopify.
The son of a C programmer, I had access to computers from a very young age (this was during the 80s & 90s - dial up modems, MS-Dos, AOL, and all that).
I built my first website back in 2004 for a non-profit. After that, I had a little hustle customizing people’s myspace profiles! Although a bit embarrasing, this gig actually taught me so much about html and css!
Later, in 2012, I created a food product which was sold at Whole Foods and smaller health-food grocery stores. I built an ecommerce store for it – first with WordPress, and later with Shopify. This was when I really fell in love with Shopify – as a merchant.
In 2013, I sold my share of that company, and started a career as a “real-life” web developer at a digital agency in California.
After working at a couple agencies in California as a web developer for a few years, I took a break from the agency world, and in 2016 accepted a position at a biotech company in a formal/corporate software engineering role.
Working on a team of 60 engineers helped me to learn some deeper aspects programming such as command line, git, regex, working with data & large databases, developing traditional design systems, and translating complex business logic into wireframes.
After that company went through a merger and big round of layoffs, I returned to the digital agency world, and in 2017 we were relocating to San Francisco where I took a position working for a leading Shopify Plus agency solving all kinds of interesting Shopify puzzles.
In 2018 my job was cut from the agency, and I decided founding my own tiny agency would be best. Having our own business allowed our little family the freedom to move to a rural island in the Pacific Northwest, where we’re happily raising our kids, and practicing regenerative farming for ourselves and our local community food bank.