Shopify’s ‘gangbusters’ growth draws international ecommerce developers

What was originally created  as a way to sell snowboards on the Internet is quickly becoming the go-to e-commerce solution for small merchants worldwide. As Ottawa-based Shopify Inc. passes the 100,000 merchant mark, the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 3rd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Try it all until something sticks – plus 3 other tips for startup marketers

There’s almost a weird kind of tension between tech startups and marketing – after all, marketers are focused on promotion, while some startups just want to crank out the best products possible and

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 29th, 2014 Candice So

LemonStand and Payfirma team up to cover e-commerce bases

Two Vancouver, B.C. startups have teamed up to launch a platform giving retailers an e-commerce oriented-website, as well as the ability to take credit and debit payments both online and with mobile devices

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 10th, 2014 Candice So

Follow Friday – e-commerce, marketing, and mobile apps

Every Follow Friday, we round up a list of people with active Twitter accounts, ones that we feel are worth a click on the 'follow' button. This week, we're focusing on people who

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 3rd, 2014 Candice So

Shopify brings POS to Canada, offers offline-only option

Ottawa-based Shopify Inc. is bringing its point-of-sales (POS) hardware and service to its native country of Canada after a successful launch in the U.S. and is also making a bricks and mortar-only Shopify

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 2nd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Micro-ecommerce solution Shoplocket acquired by Irish firm

Toronto-based ecommerce firm Shoplocket has been acquired by Cork, Ireland-based global product development and supply chain company PCH International, the two firms announced this morning. When the graduate of accelerator Extreme Startups launched

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 24th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Shopify to expand POS platform, has raised $100 million

The Ottawa-based ecommerce platform that makes it easy for any business to launch an online store has raised $100 million to date, adding $22 million in a round led by OMERS Ventures and

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 12th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Shopify launches payment processing and point-of-sale system

Merchants using Shopify Inc. to power their storefronts are now getting two big changes to how they run transactions – they can now directly charge online customers through Shopify instead of using a

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 28th, 2013 Candice So

Shopify acquires design and UX agency Jet Cooper

Shopify, Inc., the e-commerce platform headquartered in Ottawa, has acquired Toronto-based company Jet Cooper, a user experience and design agency, for an undisclosed amount. Jet Cooper, which reached its fourth birthday in May

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 1st, 2013 Candice So

Canadian startups building rather than selling, report says

Fewer Canadian startup CEOs are thinking of up and selling their companies, preferring to stick it out for the long haul, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In a report released

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 6th, 2013 Candice So

Regional angel investing? ‘That’s just wrong!’

Last week David Verrill, chair of the Angel Capital Association, invited to me speak at the Angel Capital Summit in San Francisco along with my super smart co-panelists Jason Best and Sara Hanks.  The conference

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 25th, 2013 Michael Cayley

Small firms raid online marketplace with startup-powered solutions

When Winnie Yip launched her Toronto home decoration and vintage goods shop Even & Odd in spring 2012, her target market was working people in their 30s and 40s. That group is likely

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 4th, 2013 Grant Buckler

Small businesses offered easy e-commerce options

Ottawa-based Shopify Inc. started because founder Tobias Lutke wanted to sell snowboards online. Finding he could either list them on eBay or a similar service, with little ability to build a brand, or

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 31st, 2013 Grant Buckler

FreshBooks CEO sad about RIM

The CEOs of some of Canada’s leading-edge technology firms are excited for the year ahead, but a little bit sad that Research in Motion is suffering tough times, a CBC News story reports.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 3rd, 2013 Brian Jackson