What I’m doing now1

Last updated: July 12th 2020

Currently, I’m safely self-quarantined with my family in Chicagoland. I’m grateful to work in e-commerce, an industry least disrupted by The Bad Thing™. We were already a mostly remote team, so our work has been able to continue largely uninterrupted.

To protect my time, I’m currently saying no to most interviews and panels, all online summits, and all unpaid speaking engagements. There is no set date to when I will start adding these things back into my schedule. It is a profound honor to be in such high demand, but as a small creative business, I need large swaths of time to focus and get into the deep work of creation. As a result, I am fiercely protective of my schedule.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

Recent Client Projects:

  1. Asutra
  2. KeySmart
  3. Carcaine Supply by HOONIGAN
  4. Proven Winners Direct
  5. CORSA Performance

My current commitments are:

  1. Helping Shopify Plus merchants make more money through my consultancy
  2. Hosting The Unofficial Shopify Podcast.2
  3. Developing public Shopify apps. (We don’t offer private app development.)
  4. Collaborating with my wife on her Disney World planning Shopify store.
  5. Providing advisory services to select clients like HOONIGAN.

Time permitting, I will consider:

Unfortunately, I have to pass on:

Getting in touch:

  1. Email my assistant
  2. Request a call
  3. Apply as a client
  4. Request a quote or interview
  5. Join our Facebook group
  6. Apply to be a podcast guest

I know you can figure out my email address easily, but to protect my time I’d strongly prefer if you reached out to my assistant first, or through a warm intro from a mutual acquaintance.

If you send us a message, I promise we’ll read it, but I may need to pass on any offers due to high demand for my time.

Kurt Elster

P.S.: If you’re looking for some quarantainment, my wife and I celebrated May the Fourth with a Star Wars themed dinner. Naturally, I documented this in a fun four-minute YouTube video.

IG: @kgelster

Kurt and Julie Elster meeting BB-8 Kurt and Jay Leno Kurt at Jay Leno's Garage Kurt in North American's 1st RWB 911


1 This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.

2 Have your own podcast? Check out my pro gear guide.

3 In general, I expect to be paid to speak. I will sometimes waive my fee for non-profit, community events if I am the opening keynote. At a minimum, I need my travel & hotel accommodation covered. [Press info]

4 I have not accepted an app demo offer in the last three years.