Software Engineer

About Me

Kirsten Westeinde is a technology enthusiast and a lifelong learner. She is a development manager at Shopify, where she solves challenging web development problems every day. She worked with Ruby on Rails for ~5 years, and has been working with Golang for the past 2. She is constantly learning and adding new tools to her technology tool belt.


She is passionate about building diverse teams, mentoring & teaching, and gaining new perspectives through travel & cross cultural communication. She loves to share her learnings through public speaking and writing.


Work Experience

December 2017 - Today

Senior Software Developer @ Shopify 

(San Francisco)

Working on a high throughput machine learning recommendation system. Using Go to power a high volume system.

February 2015 - December 2017

Software Developer @Shopify

(Ottawa, Canada)

Web developer using Ruby on Rails, ElasticSearch, MySQL, and Kafka. Built multiple apps integrating with the Shopify API. 

Summer 2013 & Summer 2014

Intern Software Developer @Shopify

(Ottawa, Canada)

Web development using Ruby on Rails & iOS mobile development in Objective C

Summer 2012

Intern Software Developer @ Ross Video

(Ottawa, Canada)

C++ Development working on the Carbonite video switcher

Summer 2011

Intern Software Developer @ Macadamian Technologies

(Ottawa, Canada)

- PHP/Javascript web development, integrating with Salesforce

- Data organization using Google Apps Script



June 2019, Toronto CA

Shopify Unite - Deconstructing the Monolith

April 2019, New York NY

The Lead Developer - Deconstructing the Monolith

February 2019, Oakland CA

Developer Week - From 0 to ML: Everything You Need to Know To Start Your First Machine Learning Project

June 2018, Nairobi Kenya

RubyConf Kenya - Deconstructing the Monolith: Designing Software that Maximizes Developer Productivity 


June 2018, San Francisco CA

Fog City Ruby - Deconstructing the Monolith: Designing Software that Maximizes Developer Productivity

May 2018, Portland OR

ML4All - Using Your Data to Give Your Customers Superpowers


Contact Me

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