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Ilya Grigorik

Hello, I'm Ilya Grigorik.

I am a Principal Engineer and Technical Advisor to the CEO at Shopify, on a mission to make commerce better for everyone.

I work at the intersection of technology, product, and platforms. Technology shapes design space for product. Product shapes technical architecture. Carefully engineered interactions and incentives enable thriving platforms.

I was the founder and CTO of PostRank, acquired by Google. I worked on Google Analytics, Chrome, and Search, where I built products and developer programs. I am passionate about improving user experience on the web: author of  High Performance Browser Networking (O'Reilly), past co-chair of the W3C Web Performance WG, speaker at 100+ events. Also dad, photographer, and an aspiring cook.

Recent essays

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The Principal Engineer's Handbook

Leadership without management: the what, the how, the tools, and how to measure success as a Principal+ engineer.

The Principal Engineer's Handbook
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Professional Aptitude vs. Tenure

Aptitude is the ability to perform a type of work. Tenure is the length of time in job. Their correlation degrades rapidly.

Professional Aptitude vs. Tenure
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Making Good Group Decisions, Effectively

Good decision-making is good process, used intentionally. Key lessons and principles to apply in your practice.

Making Good Group Decisions, Effectively