Brian Alkerton — Technology

Why I Quit, And What's Next

So, tomorrow's the one-month anniversary of me quitting my job at Shopify. It was as amicable as these things can go.

To answer the one question I've heard more than any other since making my decision, why did I leave an amazing company with great perks? To be clear, Shopify is a great company, easily the best I've worked for. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the catered lunches, snacks, and camaraderie. But without diving into exact numbers, here's why:

Not the most elegant graph, but I'll try to explain. Joining Shopify...


Stay Hungry.

Rest In Peace, Steve. This is a story about what happens when you don't follow your dreams.

I've been web-savvy as long as there's been a web. Okay, since Toy Story came out. Thank Steve for that too given his role at Pixar. The first web site I ever visited was www.toystory.com, after a botched attempt at typing an email address into the address bar. But I only opened a website in my own name about 18 months ago... and I moved too late on that.

It was the fall of 2004. I had an iPod and thought podcasting was...