Helen Tran

Designer / Entrepreneur

I’m a Designer building digital products. I enjoy growing businesses with a deliberate and curious mindset.

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Helen Tran

Designer / Entrepreneur

I’m a Designer building digital products. I enjoy growing businesses with a deliberate and curious mindset.

Most recently, I was at Shopify for four years, the last two of which were spent as a Design Lead building out a team of 30 designers. On the side, I taught design through Bloc, spent a year publishing weekly articles about design and leadership, and was featured in several interviews and podcasts. Design is a wonderful viewpoint from which to see the world and I want to make that viewpoint accessible.

I plan to continue building software for entrepreneurs focused on eliminating time sinks. An entrepreneur should never have to choose between what they love to do and their families.

For fun, I write and compete with myself. I like to thru-hike long trails (longest so far was the Kungsleden for 430km) and compete as an amateur fitness athlete. I live to learn and tend to fully commit myself to new interests out of curiousity.

My life is shared with two succulents named Dante and Sedona. We live in Toronto because it’s objectively the best city in the world. Fire emoji.

12/2016–Thru-hiked the 'O' in Patagonia (130km)

120km, the 'O' Circuit in Patagonia

07/2016–Placed 2nd in my first fitness competition

120km, the 'O' Circuit in Patagonia

09/2017–Thru-hiked the ‘Kungsleden’ in Sweden (430km)

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Me, elsewhere
  • 04/2017–Podcast, Trav & Los (listen)

  • 04/2017–Podcast, Trav & Los (listen)

  • 04/2017–Podcast, Design Details (listen)

  • 04/2017–Talk, "Building Flexible Sales Channels", Shopify Unite, USA (watch)

  • 03/2017–Interview, Invision (read)

  • 03/2017–Podcast, Seaworthy (listen)

  • 12/2016–Interview, Shopify (read)

  • 11/2016–Podcast, Trav & Los (listen)

  • 11/2016–Podcast, Trav & Los (listen)

  • 10/2016–Panel, Epicurrence, (USA)

  • 09/2016–Podcast, Hit Reply (listen)

  • 09/2016–Interview, Panda Network (read)

writing

November 8, 2017

Follow Your Own Advice

Out of all the advice I give I tend to give this one the most often. It’s old-school advice drilled...

April 16, 2017

Being Wrong

There are beliefs you hold onto for dear life (like the belief in a higher being) and inconsequential opinions (like...

April 9, 2017

Two Habits that Changed my Career

It’s the small things that make big waves. I have two habits I’ve picked up over the years which I...