Shopify had a strong 2013. The Ottawa-based e-commerce platform's community grew to more than 80,000 stores, who sold a combined $1.7 billion worth of products in 121 countries.
That means Shopify added 40,000 stores in 2013 alone and sales rose by almost a billion dollars. They also doubled customer accounts, doubled net products for sale across all stores, and nearly doubled total orders placed.
"What an outstanding year for everybody involved with Shopify," says CEO Tobi Lütke.
According to him, one in nine Americans have now bought something from Shopify.
With all of this online success, the Canadian company is looking beyond just e-commerce now and recently raised $100 million to do just that.
"We have now expanded our focus to include the physical retail world. With the launch of Shopify Payments, Shopify POS, and Shopify Mobile, we are the first company in the world to combine all the distinct parts needed to run a modern commerce business—in one amazing product," says Lütke.
Shopify was also a finalist for Employer of the Year in the 2013 Canadian Startup Awards, and Lütke won Entrepreneur of the Year.