Portrait of Helen Tran by Kyle Kirkwood

Entrepreneur Bio

Helen Tran

I'm about a lot of things

The Boring Data Future

Published February 2019

Things you never knew you didn't want: a hairbrush which tells you how dry your hair is, a smart mirror... Read more

Distributed vs. Local

Published November 2018

We've finished our first round of hiring at Jupiter last week and this question of a distributed or local team... Read more

I am the Founder of Jupiter, a Physique Competitor, Product Designer, and Design Educator. I live in Toronto and am proud to also call myself a 7-Continent citizen.

I have spent 12 years designing and creating things, mostly software. From 2013-2017 I was at Shopify as it scaled from 300 to 3000+ employees. I worked on the foundation of sales channels (now their App Platform) and helped build out a local product design team to 30 as a Design Lead.

In Canada, my design work is used by a few large grocery chains and by mostly everyone buying a movie ticket online. Worldwide, it has impacted 500,000+ merchants, the developers building for them, and consumers buying through various social media networks.

Currently I am building a company which creates software for beauty professionals at Jupiter and teach Design methods and skills to others.

In my spare time I do a lot of other things and write about roughly half of them on the internet.