Shopify is an Ottawa based commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at their retail location, and everywhere in between. Shopify offers a professional online storefront, a payment solution to accept credit cards, a point of sale system to power retail sales and a card reader to accept payments through a mobile phone.

Shopify currently powers over 165,000 active online stores around the world, including: Gatorade, Amnesty International, Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Wikimedia Foundation CrossFit, and more.


News on Shopify

Shopify Doubles Revenue, Does Not Expect to Be Profitable This Year
Shopify generated $45 million during its first quarter as a public company. While the Ottawa-based firm still reported a net loss of $3.3 million, the revenue is doubled from the year-ago... more
Tech Fest Recruiting Event Returns to Toronto in September
Techvibes Tech Fest, a one-of-a-kind event that brings together the fastest growing companies and job seeking talent, is returning to Toronto. Looking for a job or investigating career options?... more
This Week’s Career Opportunities in Canadian Tech
Are you looking for work in Canada’s growing tech sector? We’ve selected a few from our job board to get you started in your search. Lending Loop is looking for a Senior Developer... more
Building High-Growth Companies: An Opportunity at GROW
Landing the right partners or distribution channels is what differentiates fast growth companies from slow growth ones. At Shopify, we know how critical that is to the success of a... more
Grow Conference's Startup Smackdown goes Under the Radar with Shopify
Formerly know as the "Startup Smackdown", the Grow Conference's Under the Radar showcase will highlight emerging companies that are disrupting the way traditional business is run. This year the... more
SaaS Model Sees Strong Growth in Canada
For SaaS companies, small businesses appear to be one of the key markets. Around a quarter of Canadian small businesses are using SaaS products to run their businesses, according to survey... more
Noteworthy Career Opportunities in Canadian Tech Right Now
    Are you looking for work in Canada’s growing tech sector? We’ve selected a few from our job board to get you started in your search.   IUGO is looking for a... more
Noteworthy Career Opportunities in Canadian Tech Right Now
    Are you looking for work in Canada’s growing tech sector? We’ve selected a few from our job board to get you started in your search. Hootsuite is looking for a Web... more
Shopify: 'We Want to Build a Company for the Next 100 Years'
Shopify rung the bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange this morning. The now-public company raised $131 million, which valued it at $1.3 billion. Now it's up to the public markets to decide the... more
IPO Values Shopify at $1.27 Billion
Shopify has raised $131 million in its initial public offering. The IPO price current values Shopify on the public market at a very unicorn-like $1.27 billion, based on 74.4 million shares... more
Invest Ottawa Expands Board of Directors with Addition of Tobias Lutke, Other Entrepreneurs
Invest Ottawa announced this week a few notable additions to its Board of Directors. Joining the board are entrepreneurs who helped grow Ottawa’s business ecosystem by creating new companies... more
The Rare and Elusive Canadian Unicorn
Everyone is talking about Shopify and Hootsuite, the elusive unicorns of our Canadian startup community. A “unicorn” in the tech industry refers to a startup company with a... more
Shopify Seeks Public Valuation Above $1 Billion, Remains Unprofitable
Shopify's initial public offering will value it at just over $1 billion, documents filed show. Seeking to raise more than $100 million across nearly eight million shares for up to $14 each, the... more
Noteworthy Career Opportunities in Canadian Tech Right Now
    Are you looking for work in Canada’s growing tech sector? We’ve selected a few from our job board to get you started in your search.   eSentire is looking for... more
Shopify Files for IPO
Shopify today announced that it has filed for an initial public offering. Shopify intends to appear on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols... more
Six Reasons Your Company Should Host Internal Hackathons
Pedram Keyani, who has organized dozens of hackathons while working at Facebook and Uber, has seen how these fun, energetic events can positively permeate company culture. On Medium, Keyani... more
Tech Dominates List of Canada's Most Innovative Companies
Technology firms new and old dominated this year's list of Canada's Most Innovative Companies. Virtually everyone on the list, compiled by Canadian Business, will be familiar to Techvibes... more
PageCloud Raises $2.2 Million Seed Round
PageCloud has raised a seed round. The seed round is valued at $2.2 million. The Ottawa-based browser-based website creation app says the new funding will help "ring complete creative freedom to... more
Looking for your Next Career Opportunity? Check out these 15 Companies at Tech Fest Toronto
UPDATE: Online ticket sales are now closed. A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at the door. Techvibes Tech Fest, a one-of-a-kind event that brings together the fastest... more
Tech Fest Recruiting Event Returns to Toronto on February 19th
UPDATE: Online ticket sales are now closed. A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at the door. Techvibes Tech Fest, a one-of-a-kind event that brings together the fastest... more
Startup of the Year Winner VarageSale Among Tech Fest Toronto Participants
UPDATE: Online ticket sales are now closed. A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at the door. Techvibes Tech Fest, a one-of-a-kind event that brings together the fastest... more
Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Canadian Startup Awards
After six weeks of nominations and voting, the 2014 Canadian Startup Awards have boiled down to this one moment: the winners. This year we received more than 40,000 votes, a significant increase... more
Shopify's Year in Commerce
    Ottawa-born e-commerce platform Shopify had a big 2014. Capped off by being crowned Employer of the Year in the Canadian Startup Awards this week, the company's year was... more
Shopify Helps Small Canadian Businesses Deliver Their Goods to People During Holiday Rush
As the holiday season starts to get seriously busy for retailers, Shopify is looking to aid local small businesses. The Canadian company is guaranteeing free, next day shipping to close to 100... more
Five Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Shopify
Shopify is a billion-dollar e-commerce company based out of Ottawa. Its head was recently named CEO of the Year. It's been named Canada's "smartest" company, among myriad other well-earned... more
Shopify's Tobias Lutke Crowned CEO of 2014
Tobias Lütke of Ottawa's Shopify has been named The Globe and Mail's CEO of the Year. Shopify, now valued at well over one billion dollars and with several hundred employees, is one of... more
Noteworthy Job Opportunities in Canadian Tech Right Now
      Are you looking for work in Canada’s growing tech sector? We’ve selected a few from our job board toget you started in your search.   Shopify is... more
50 of Today's Most Innovative and Fastest-Growing Technology Companies in Canada
This week Deloitte announced the winners of its Technology Fast 50 program. Companies were selected for innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and revenue growth over a five-year period. This... more
Toronto’s Chango tops Deloitte’s Fast 50, HootSuite and Shopify round out the top 3
Toronto-based Chango has topped Deloitte’s annual list of the fastest growing tech companies in Canada. The programmatic advertising company, which uses software to automatically place... more
Could Slack Sneak Past Hootsuite and Shopify in Race to Billion-Dollar Valuation?
Evidence is mounting that Vancouver's Hootsuite and Ottawa's Shopify are already valued by private investors at $1 billion—but if that speculation is untrue, then a stealthy up-and-comer... more
Global VC Firm Says There are Two Billion-Dollar Tech Companies in Canada Founded in Past Decade
Evidence that suggests billion-dollar valuations for two well-known Canadian tech companies continues to pile on. The latest data hails from global investment firm Atomico Ventures, which has... more
Shopify to Open 'Sales Lab' in Kitchener to Cultivate New Growth Ideas
Shopify plans to open a "Sales Lab" in downtown Kitchener in November. The so-called lab, which will be staffed by at least five new employees, is being built so that workers can experiment with... more
Noteworthy Job Opportunities in Canadian Tech Right Now
    Are you looking for work in Canada’s growing tech sector? We’ve selected a few from our job board toget you started in your search. A Thinking Ape is looking for a... more
Shopify Employs Over 500 and Upgrades Phone Services with Ottawa Provider
Ottawa's Versature announced today a new deal appointing them Hosted PBX business phone services provider to industry leading commerce platform Shopify. According to today's press release,... more
Set up Shop in Shopify's Toronto Office
Toronto-based startup This Space Works has partnered with Canadian success story Shopify to raise money for nonprofits. To raise funds, This Space Works is auctioning off the opportunity to set... more
Sir Richard Branson Throws Support Behind Shopify's Build a Business Competition
Shopify announced this morning its fifth annual Build-A-Business competition, the world’s biggest entrepreneurial contest encouraging anyone with a great business idea to start selling. To... more
The Coming Canadian Tech Renaissance
This Monday I went to the Labour Day classic Argos vs. TiCats CFL showdown. As I watched the unfurling of the largest Canadian flag ever, listened the screaming CF-18 overhead and sipped my Molson... more
Atlee Clark Waves Goodbye to C100, Joins Shopify
The C100's first employee is leaving the building. Atlee Clark, the organization's now-former executive director, has left for Shopify. She will be replaced by Joanne Fedeyko, who worked with the... more
Pinterest Reaches Agreement with Canada's Shopify in E-Commerce Push
Pinterest is entering the e-commerce space and it's using Ottawa's Shopify to do it. The popular social network, whose visual interface lends itself to product showcasing, has reached an... more
Toronto Startups Rally to Recruit Expat Canadians Back Home
A group of rapidly expanding Toronto startups is joining forces with Toronto Homecoming, an event that showcases career opportunities to Canadians currently living outside of Canada, to launch a... more
Chart Ranks Canada's Biggest Internet Companies, Values Shopify and HootSuite Over $1 Billion
The Economist has published an interactive chart showing the biggest internet companies in each country of the world, from the US and Canada to Ethiopia and Iran. The World Startup Report chart,... more
Polar Pen the Canadian Winner in Shopify's Fourth-Annual Build-A-Business Competition
Ottawa-based Shopify has announced the winners of its fourth annual “Build-A-Business Competition." Over eight months, 21,000 entrepreneurs created new online businesses that sold $120... more
Jobs of the Week
    Are you looking for work in Canada’s growing tech sector? We’ve selected a few from our job board to get you started in your search.   Three Point Turn is... more
LightSpeed POS Cements Move into Cloud, Quietly Trounces Shopify in Sales Processed
If someone asked you which Canadian startup’s point-of-sale system processed the most sales, you probably wouldn’t guess Montreal-based LightSpeed. But over the past year, it’s... more
Four Respected Tech Brands Dispelling the Notion That Canada is an Innovation Laggard
In addition to its annual ranking of Canada's best brands, Interbrand named four off-list Canadian tech brands that are pushing boundaries. Interbrand says that these Canadian brands "refuse to... more
100,000 Businesses Now Use Shopify's E-Commerce Platform
This week, Shopify announced that 100,000 businesses are now using its e-commerce platform. The Ottawa-based company says it now reaches more than 150 countries, with shops ranging in size from... more
Shopify Explains How to Build an Awesome E-Commerce Site Using Harry's as an Example
E-commerce platform Shopify suggests the best way for online stores to get more sales and repeat customers is through small improvements and site optimizations over time. The Ottawa-based... more
Shopify Card Reader Now Available in Canada
Today Shopify announced the launch of the Shopify card reader in Canada. The Shopify card reader is a free device that allows merchants to accept credit card payments on-the-go using the Shopify... more
HootSuite and Shopify Poised to Go Public: Report
Vancouver's HootSuite Media, Waterloo's Desire2Learn, and Vancouver's Vision Critical Communications are "among technology companies that will be ready to go public within two years," according to... more
Which Social Media Platforms Drive the Most E-commerce Sales?
Analyzing nearly 40 million social visits, Ottawa-based e-commerce titan Shopify has compiled data from platform merchants to determine the value commerce sites get from social media engagement.... more
Four Amber Mac Interviews You Won't Want to Miss at Dx3
Amber Mac is returning to Dx3 this year. She will be interviewing senior executives from some of Canada’s top digital businesses about the obstacles and opportunities that are shaping our... more
WordPress Partners with Ottawa's Shopify and Toronto's ShopLocket to Add E-commerce Tools
WordPress parent company Automattic struck partnerships with Canadian tech firms to help launch e-commerce tools for its popular blogging platform. Striking deals with Ottawa-based e-commerce... more
An Open Letter to Technology Educators: Come Hard, Come Fast, Canada Needs You
Let me start by saying that I’m a firm believer in positive disruption. Education is a particular field of interest. It is the backbone of our society, an indicator of sustainability and a... more
Locked and Loaded: Tech Fest Toronto Lineup is Now Full
In November Techvibes hosted a recruiting event in Vancouver called Tech Fest that brought together the hottest tech companies in the city. The one-of-a-kind event had a lineup of 10 execs from... more
Six Hiring Companies Added to Techvibes Toronto Tech Fest Lineup
In November Techvibes hosted a recruiting event in Vancouver called Tech Fest that brought together the hottest tech companies in the city. The one-of-a-kind event had a lineup of 10 execs from... more
Georgian Partners Announces $100 Million First Close of Fund II
Georgian Partners announced today it has completed a first close of $100 million for its newest fund Georgian Partners Growth Fund II, LP. The new fund will again focus on investments in expansion... more
Techvibes to Host Massive Job Fair in Toronto in March
In November Techvibes hosted a recruiting event in Vancouver called Tech Fest that brought together the hottest tech companies in the city. Mayor Gregor Robertson kicked off the event and it was a... more
80,000 Online Stores Sold $1.7 Billion Worth of Products Through Shopify in 2013
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... more
Canada's Unemployment Rate and Shopify's Employee Benefits Reach Record Highs
Shopify has been nominated for a 2013 Canadian Startup Award in the Employer of the Year category, and i have to admit, they make a pretty compelling case. Stats on Canada's unemployment rate... more
Shopify Turns Your Smartphone into a Cash Register with Launch of Shopify Mobile
Shopify today announced a new way for merchants to sell products anywhere while still managing their online and traditional retail stores. The Ottawa-based commerce platform calls its... more
The Four Most Significant Venture Capital Rounds Raised by Canadian Startups in 2013
2013 was a strong year for venture capital funding in Canada, as evidenced by what we feel were the four most significant rounds raised by Canadian startups this year.   1. HootSuite... more
Shopify Raises $100 Million Series C Round
Shopify was founded in 2004 by Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand, and Scott Lake after the trio attempted to open an online snowboard store.  Lütke, a programmer by trade, could not find... more
Shopify Tops List of Cyber Monday Destinations Behind Only Amazon and eBay
Last year research form Deepfield published a report showing just how big a deal Cyber Monday is for retailers. This year was no exception, new sales records being set not just for Cyber Monday... more
Deloitte Names the 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Canada
Today Deloitte announced the winners of its Technology Fast 50, Companies-to-Watch  and Green 15 program. Now in its 16th year, the Technology Fast 50 program recognizes Canadian technology... more
AndroidTO Has $1 Million in Prizes to be Won
Canada’s largest Android developers conference is poised to hand out more than $1 million in giveaways to attendees. When AndroidTO hits the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto on October 17, it... more
Shopify Launches Fourth Annual Build A Business Competition
Shopfiy's annual Build A Business competition is returning for its fourth year. According to Shopify, this year, the nine stores that sell the most over a two-month period will each receive... more
MyStore Collabs with Shopify to Help Smaller Canadian Retailers Compete Online
MyStore, an independent division of the Retail Council of Canada this week launched a new partnership with Ottawa-based Shopify. As part of the agreement, RCC's membership of 45,000 store fronts... more
1,000 New Stores in a Week: Shopify Success in India Wildly Exceeds Company Expectations
Shopify entered the India market in June and experienced immediate success. Given that e-commerce in India is expected to grow 55% year-over-year for the new few years—a more rapid growth... more
Shopify Takes First Shot but PayPal Looks to Counter
When I was 15 or 16 I needed my mom to create a PayPal account using her credit card, so I could bid on something on eBay. Like many parents her age at the time, my mom held an unwavering fear of... more
Shopify Launches Complete Point-of-Sale System
Ottawa's Shopify, a world-renowned ecommerce platform used to create and run online stores, today released Shopify POS, an iPad POS stand designed to allow anyone to sell goods in-store in addition... more
How to Infect Your Startup's Culture with a Mentality of 'Intrapreneurship'
Fast Company senior writer Ellen McGirt spoke with Zappos' Will Young and Shopify's chief culture officer, Daniel Weinand, at GROW 2013 on how to infect your startup's culture with a mentality of... more
Shopify Becomes First Ecommerce Platform to Integrate Payment Solution with Online Store
Shopify today introduced Shopify Payments, a credit card processing system. The Ottawa company claims that it is the first and only ecommerce platform to offer a payment solution that is fully... more
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... more
No Resume, No Interviews: Get Creative and Hustle Your Way into Shopify
Shopify's Chief Platform Officer Harley Finkelstein is up to it again. He's hiring for his Business Development team but the process is going to be a little different than usual. Finkelstein... more
IBM Lays Off Hundreds in Ottawa, Shopify Recruits Right Outside of Office
IBM this week laid off hundreds of workers in Ottawa. But former IBM employees shouldn't find it too difficult to get new jobs: local tech startups are hungrily scooping up IBM's detritus. The... more
AccelerateOtt to Celebrate Past, Present, and Future of Ottawa's Startup Community
Ottawa knows that entrepreneurs and innovators are wealth creators and the keystone to the city's future economic prosperity. Which is why, on June 14, AccelerateOtt will bring together... more
Ottawa's Shopify Named to CNBC's Disruptor 50 List
CNBC has unveiled the Retail section of its inaugural Disruptor 50 list, showcasing five of the most retail-disruptive companies in North America today. Among the five: Ottawa's Shopify, also known... more
Shopify Announces Winners of Build-A-Business Competition
Ottawa's Shopify today announced winners for its latest Build-A-Business competition. Canadian tech startup won an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with four... more
How Canada's Smartest Company Retains Its Startup Culture
It's difficult for anyone to call Ottawa-based Shopify a startup anymore. Shops using the Canadian company's software saw 7.8 million customers place 9.9 million orders worth a combined $742... more
Want to Work for Shopify? Learn How to Draw an Owl
For Shopify, dubbed Canada's smartest company last year, it's important to hire only the best people. People who are resourceful. People who, as CEO Tobias Lütke emphasizes, can "draw the... more
Canada's Hottest Tech Companies Recruiting Employees Coast-to-Coast
Canada's hottest tech companies rely on Techvibes to recruit the best employees coast-to-coast. Two weeks ago we announced a new Job Board option and it's turned out to be of great interest to... more
Shopify Ecosystem: 7.8 Million Customers Placed 9.9 Million Orders Worth $742 Million in 2012
To say Shopify is on a hot streak would be putting mildly. The Ottawa-based company was recently named Canada's Smartest Company and is currently a finalist for 2012 Canadian Startup of the Year.... more
Who is the Best Canadian Startup of 2012?
Finalists have been selected for this year's Canadian Startup Awards and voting is now open. Here's a quick rundown of the six finalists competing for the title of Best Overall Canadian Startup of... more
Entrepreneurs Pick 10 Canadian Tech Companies to Watch This Year
Four entrepreneurs of successful Canadian startups offered up a list of 10 tech companies to watch this year. In a recent story published by CBC, HootSuite's Ryan Holmes, FreshBooks' Mike... more
Announcing the Canadian Startup Award Finalists: Vote for Your Favourite
With so many talented entrepreneurs and innovative startups in Canada, Techvibes deemed it a necessity to recognize, honour, and celebrate these people and their companies. Presented by KPMG, the... more
Canadian Startup Shopify Crowned 'Canada's Smartest Company'
Profit Magazine has crowned Shopify with a remarkable title: Canada's Smartest Company. The Ottawa-based software company has zoomed from insignificant startup to full-fledged powerhouse not... more
Shopify Tops List of Cyber Monday Destinations Behind Only Amazon and eBay
Today is Cyber Monday and it's expected to be one of the biggest days ever for online shopping. But where people will be making some of their online purchases may surprise you. According to... more
Call it iCommerce: 80% of All M-Commerce Occurs on iOS Devices
Now that smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, people are getting more comfortable with performing a wider array of tasks on their tiny portable computers. One such activity is shopping. Mobile... more
Canada Post Teams up with Shopify to Create E-Commerce Solution for Retailers
An estimated $8 billion worth of physical goods is ordered online in Canada each year for residential deliveries, and that figure is forecast to grow to more than $15 billion by 2016. Total... more
Shopify Inks Partnership That Could Cut Shipping Times in Half
Ottawa's Shopify announced a partnership yesterday that promises to cut shipping time anywhere from a half to a third. According to VentureBeat, Shopify is integrating with ShipStation, a... more
Canadian Ecommerce Leader Launches Shopify Mobile for iPhone
Earlier this year Ottawa's Shopify announced that it acquired award-winning mobile shop Select Start Studios Inc. (S3). This strategic acquisition was their first major investment since raising a... more
Sunnytrail Helps Identify and Engage Your Most Influential Users and Customers
What would you do an influential, powerful celebrity purchased from your e-commerce site or signed up for your SaaS application? Chances are nothing, as you likely treat all your customers as... more
Ottawa's Shopify Brings Back Build-A-Business Competition (With a Twist)
Ottawa's Shopify has brought back its popular Build-A-Business competition where companies use the startup's e-commerce platform to build real online stores. Each competition has gotten bigger... more
Meetup Turns 10 and Shopify Celebrates by Sponsoring Your Meetup
Meetup was born 10 years ago this month and since then 76 million people have RSVPed for events through the platform. Ottawa's Shopify are great believers in the benefits of attending industry... more
Check Out Life at One of Canada's Hottest Startups
Shopify is growing fast. And based on the video tour below, we shouldn't be surprised. With a new office and over 100 employees, the ecommerce software company founded by Tobias Lütke in 2006... more
Startup Weekend Comes to Ottawa and Shopify to Host
Startup Weekend is coming to Ottawa for the first time and the city's hottest startup will be the host. Startup Weekend Ottawa will be held at Shopify on April 27th-29th. Startup Weekend is... more
Ottawa's Shopify Announces Winners of $500,000 'Build-A-Business' Competition
Ottawa-based ecommerce software startup Shopify today announced the winner of its “Build-A-Business Competition.” Over 3,000 entrepreneurs created online stores last year in an... more
Ottawa has a new attitude in economic development
Invest Ottawa officially opened its doors to about 500 people on Tuesday to show the “flagship” of the City’s $5.5 million annual economic development strategy. The new... more
Shopify gets shopping and acquires Select Start Studios
Shopify announced this morning that it acquired award-winning Select Start Studios Inc. (S3), also based in Ottawa. This strategic acquisition will allow the ecommerce software company to rapidly... more
Shark Tank's Daymond John Joins Ottawa's Shopify as Brand Ambassador [VIDEO]
It's always nice to have a Shark Tank star as your brand ambassador. And that's exactly the case for successful Ottawa ecommerce software startup Shopify, who's gathered the impassioned support of... more
Ottawa Startup Index - January 2012
Rank CompanyAlexa Rank 1   Shopify 3,149shopify.comAlexa: 3,149  2   TravelPod 4,467travelpod.comAlexa: 4,467  3   FluidSurveys... more
As M-Commerce Continues to Boom, Ottawa's Shopify Eyes Expansion to Mobile
Ottawa startup Shopify is doing well. The successful company has raised millions of dollars in venture capital financing and has rapidly expanded its headcount to a whopping 80 employees, more than... more
Ottawa's Shopify continues to load up with star talent
Last September Ottawa's Shopify hired Craig Miller away from Kijiji to become their VP of Marketing. Miller had joined Kijiji in 2006 when it was a 3 person startup team and over the course of... more
Ottawa's Shopify closes $15 Million Series B round
Ottawa's Shopify announced today that it closed a $15 million Series B round from Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, Felicis Ventures, and Georgian Partners. This new investment adds to... more
Canadian Entrepreneurs can still join Shopify’s Build-A-Business Competition
Ottawa based e-commerce platform Shopify is halfway through their 2nd Build-A-Business competition that awards a $5,000 Apple Gift Card, a VIP trip to New York City to have lunch with Seth Godin,... more
Techvibes TV: Shopify Founder Tobi Lütke
Earlier this week Shopify's Harley Finkelstein penned a guest article over on Fast Company about his new role of Chief Platform Officer. Finkelstein tells the story of joining the Ottawa startup... more
Shopify responsible for $220 Million in sales in past 18 months
Last week Ottawa's Shopify announced they were donating $100,000 to the Acumen Fund to mark they're 5th anniversary. The Acumen Fund is a nonprofit venture fund that invests in social enterprises,... more
Shopify's Build-A-Business Contest is back - and Canadians can enter this time!
Shopify's Build-A-Business contest last year was so successful they’ve decided to do it again, only way bigger and way better with over $250K in prizes. But this year Canadians can enter as... more
Digital Media People to Watch in Ontario in 2011
It's that time of year again where Techvibes singles out 10 Digital Media People to Watch in Ontario in the coming year. We did a pretty good job in 2010 with Facebook Managing Director Jordan... more
Why necessity motivated Harley Finkelstein to become an entrepreneur
Some entrepreneurs start businesses out of passion, or a great idea. Not Harley Finkelstein. ”I always had a certain natural gravitation towards entrepreneurship,” he says, but... more
Ottawa's Shopify raises $7 Million Series A Funding from Bessemer, FirstMark, and Felicis
Ottawa-based online-retail SaaS platform Shopify announced today it has secured $7 Million in Series A funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures. "Shopify... more
Ottawa's Shopify adds bricks to clicks
Ottawa's Shopify announced today that they have hooked up with online point-of-sale provider ShopKeep to create the first point-of-sale system for brick-and-mortar retailers that is fully... more
PROFIT HOT 50 List announced - Shopify, Syncapse, and Cakemail included
The 11th Annual PROFIT HOT 50 List was published today and more than a handful of the companies recognized as Canada’s Emerging Growth Companies have been covered here on Techvibes over the... more
Selling Your Art Online – Which Site Is Best?
Gone are the days when we had to invent wheels and shopping carts from scratch. Now, anyone can simply click-click and sell items for minimum to no fees. Through conversations with designers, I... more
Ottawa startup Avitu incubates in Shopify's new office, plans vlog detailing experiences
Shopify, which makes starting an e-commerce store ridiculously simple, snagged up a fancy new office a couple months ago. Now, Shopify is letting Avitu, a fresh startup run by three University of... more
Shopify gives away $100K to DODOcase
Late last year Ottawa's Shopify announced that they were teaming up with Tim Ferriss of 4-Hour Workweek fame to run a pretty cool contest with a very large prize. $100K to the entrepreneur who's... more
Shopify hits $100 Million in Sales on E-commerce Platform
Ottawa's Shopify announced today that retailers on their platform have netted $100 Million in total sales since the company’s shopping cart system launched in 2007. There's no doubt... more
Shopify adds to their team in Ottawa
We just heard that Techvibes guest contributor and serial entrepreneur Harley Finkelstein is returning to Ottawa in July to join Shopify's team as their Director of Business Development &... more
Shopify offers $120,000 in prize money to start your own business
  2010 is already 12 days old.  And many of you have “starting my own business” as one of your goals for 2010 and this new decade.  And Shopify wants to help you get... more
Shopify acquires the developers of StoreSync
  One of our "digital people to watch in Ontario" has recently given us a reason why they were included in this list.  TechCrunch is reporting that Shopify has aquired the makers of... more
Digital Media People to Watch in Ontario in 2010
2009 saw the further introduction of the Techvibes brand in the Toronto tech community.  In the coming 12 months we will be highlighting many insightful people, innovative companies and... more
Shopify teams up with 4-Hour Workweek guy to offer $100K prize
Tim Ferriss of 4-Hour Workweek fame has partnered up with Tobi Lutke of Ottawa e-commerce platform Shopify to run a pretty cool contest with a very large prize. $100K to the entrepreneur who's NEW... more
Personal reflections on VCs and the future of high-tech in Canada
It is sad news that Nortel Networks, a national icon, has disintegrated into many smaller fragments that have already been swallowed by foreign high-tech companies.  Nortel's demise was almost... more
Shopify partners with VersaPay to complete the transaction
Vancouver's VersaPay Corporation announced today that they've struck up a partnership with Ottawa-based Shopify in conjunction with the highly-anticipated launch of VersaPay’s eCommerce... more
Ottawa Startup Index - January 2009
Rank CompanyTTR 1   TravelPod 6,156travelpod.comTTR: 6,156Compete: 6,329Alexa: 5,983  2(1) Shopify Marketplace 43,123shopify.comTTR: 43,123Compete: 21,280Alexa:... more

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