Ottawa's Shopify Acquires Toronto Design Agency Jet Cooper

Ottawa's Shopify today acquired Jet Cooper, a design and user experience agency based in Toronto.

According to Shopify, the strategic acquisition will allow it "to rapidly expand operations in Toronto, while strengthening their design and UX capabilities."

Shopify, once named Canada's smartest company, has doubled its staff every year since being founded in 2006. The company expected to have 300 employees by the end of the year.

“This acquisition brings in some of the best designers in the world,” says Tobias Lütke, Shopify’s founder and CEO. “Jet Cooper has been doing ground breaking design and UX work for some very notable brands and we’re thrilled to have them join our team.”

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Today, Shopify's ecommerce platform powers 60,000 online stores that have processed 35 million orders generating $2 billion in online sales. "The acquisition of Jet Cooper will allow us to continue to give merchants a professionally designed online store that looks like it was custom built by an expensive design firm," explains Shopify.

Jet Cooper was cofounded in 2009 by Satish Kanwar and Verne Ho. The agency has worked for such brands as Telus, Cineplex, and Kik.

“The company culture at Shopify is very similar to ours,” says Kanwar. “We both focus on creating amazing high-quality products, and we make sure to have a great time doing it. Joining the Shopify team will let us continue the kind of work we’re passionate about, in a new, fast-growing field."

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides a merchant with a powerful back-office and a single... more

Jet Cooper
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jet Cooper is a user experience agency in Toronto, Canada. We design smart, capable and beautiful applications for web, mobile and tablet. more

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