Shopify: A Brief History

After humble beginnings as a coffeeshop based start-up, Shopify have come along in leaps and bounds in the world of ecommerce and online retail. The Canadian-based now-successful start-up turned officially 8 years old last month – here’s their story…

About Shopify

The early pioneers of Shopify spent their first years using a coffeeshop in Ottawa as their first office base. The coffeeshop was called Bridgehead and became one of Shopify’s first merchants, selling coffee beans and tea from it’s online store.

Since then, Shopify have grown to a massive 400 employees around the world. It has gradually evolved from being an e-commerce platform to a broader retail operating system for businesses across the globe.

Shopify’s very first beta users have only grown stronger with Shopify’s success. A mix of online retailers, just a few of it’s beginning online stores include online retailer of textiles, Olive Manna; Canadian artist, Fred Jordan; online biscuit store, Callie’s Biscuits; and pregnancy pants online retailer, bottomsUp.

What is Shopify?

Shopify is an ever-growing e-commerce platform for both individuals and large businesses. What makes Shopify’s ecommerce software particularly attractive, is it’s affordable pricing for small businesses and new online retailers.

Users can build their own online store from which they can personally manage it’s content and inventory; create coupons and discount codes; and accept online payments such as PayPal, BitCoin and all major credit cards.

Prices start from only $29 a month for a basic package.