Shopify: Creativity at Scale

Former Director of Getting Shit Done at Shopify

Why is this interview interesting?

  • Parallels between organizing a jazz ensemble and corporations
  • How to foster new ideas and creativity within an organization
  • Challenges to scale and maintaining a creative culture
  • Shopify's culture of experimentation and speed of decision making
  • The importance of productizing ideas
  • How to hire lifelong learners

Executive Bio

Adrian Cho

Former Director of Getting Shit Done at Shopify

Adrian has over 30 years of experience working for both small and large organizations including IBM, Fujitsu, Bankers Trust, and Shopify. At Shopify, as the Director of Getting Shit Done, he started and led a business unit that helped the company through a critical period of hyper growth by accelerating and becoming more effective at scale through the growth of culture, hacking process, coaching people and teams, and building automation to reduce friction. Adrian is also a musician who has been performing for over forty years, he is best known as the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, a unique, critically acclaimed symphonic jazz ensemble he founded in 2006.Read more

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