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Mar 3, 2022

Ash Furrow (BCS’09) is a compassionate software developer who launched his career while still a computer science student at UNB. After graduating, Ash and his partner moved to Toronto, then Amsterdam, and then New York, where he joined Artsy as it was just beginning to grow into the world’s largest online marketplace for art. He finally moved home to New Brunswick in 2020 and is now working at Shopify. Ash has authored a number of books, built many apps, spoken at conferences around the world, and is a prolific contributor to open-source software. On his blog, he writes about programming, team leadership, mental health, and his explorations of the humanities. 

In this episode: 

  • How Ash’s UNB experience helped launch his career and led to developing his own apps 
  • The lessons he learned through early explorations of building apps during the rise of the smartphone   
  • Ash’s approach to compassionate software development and his motivation for building a psychologically safe work environment  
  • How his career with Artsy inspired his work with open-source software and building online communities of contributors  
  • The challenges of moving to New York and introducing the idea of e-commerce to a market that had previously resisted the internet   
  • Helping people gain new perspectives and grow as a community through open-source software 
  • Ash’s advice for coders and developers to separate themselves from their work  
  • The transition of moving back to New Brunswick to work for Shopify, and shifting to a beginner’s mindset  

Links and resources: 

Ash’s LinkedIn page:

Ash’s blog:  

Discover Ash’s published books:  

UNB Fredericton Faculty of Computer Science:  

Learn more about Artsy:  

Learn more about Shopify:  

Thanks to: 

Ouralumni host, Ian Smith 

Music by alumni artist,Beats of Burden 

Our alumniAffinity Partners, TD Insurance, Manulife, and MBNA Mastercard  

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