Charles Ouellet

Co-Founder & Lead Developer at Snipcart

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Charles' story

Charles (a.k.a. “Chuck”) Ouellet is the brains behind the entire Snipcart operation. While working for our mother company Spektrum, Charles built a product for a client who wanted an e-commerce solution for their site. The problem? The site had old code that, frankly, Charles didn’t want to mess with. So, he built an HTML/JS shopping cart that could be integrated without dusting off any of that old code.

Even with 16 years of experience (if we include his glory days of HTML/PHP back in high school), it was still a major task. But with a lot of blood, sweat, and digital tears, he personally wrote the code for Snipcart v1.0. The rest is, as they say, history.

Since the release of Snipcart’s v1.0, Chuck has gone on to encourage other developers to hone their skills and grow their business. He is able to draw not only from his experience as a coder, but also from his 10+ years as a professional coder. In other words, he combines his two loves—programming and entrepreneurship—to inspire other programmers to pursue their own goals. He’s spoken at several events including WAQ 2015 & 2016, a lightning talk at VueConference in Toronto, and recently spoke at WinnepegJS.

Nowadays Chuck would tell you he’s happy to see the Snipcart team filled with “coders more brilliant than me.” And while we love his humility here at the office, we’re also well aware that without his hard work (taking up most of his late nights and weekends), there wouldn’t be a team to brag about in the first place.


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