As Helen says, “it always goes back to Twitter.” I came across Helen’s colourful moodboard during a leisurely scroll and, from there, became entranced by her impressive career marrying music and tech.
These days, Helen’s musical recitals are largely reserved for her family at home but her proficiency with a keyboard extends beyond music.
As one of five lead developers of WordPress—a CMS responsible for approximately 43% of the internet—it’s fair to say Helen knows her way around computer keys too!
The harmonious relationship between tech and music first became apparent to Helen in an eighth-grade typing class. Today, Helen maintains that some of her most valuable assets as an open source developer were nurtured whilst sitting on a piano stool.
Helen’s technical ability is indisputable but her success, as a Chinese woman at the top of a historically gate-kept industry, largely lies in her ability to see beyond the code—analysing the ‘why?’ of her work.
In our chat, Helen recalls her awakening to responsibility, calls for more human interaction in the software space, and explains how piano has shaped her understanding of the world.