Shopify

  • Shopify launches its POS app and card reader in the UK

    Shopify launches its POS app and card reader in the UK

    Shopify is launching its retail hardware and point-of-sale app for merchants in the UK. The reader supports tap, chip and swipe payments, letting retailers accept both contactless and traditional card-based payments, and the free app works in tandem with the reader device on either iPhone or iPad. The Shopify app and reader combo means sellers can accept a range of payment options at… Read More

  • The impending online shopping split: buy boutique or buy Amazon

    The impending online shopping split: buy boutique or buy Amazon

    It’s been a rough couple of months for Amazon competitors. First Canada’s Shop.ca declares bankruptcy and essentially has a fire sale, then Jet.com, which accumulated big funding and big hype pre-launch, is apparently in talks with Wal-Mart re: an acquisition. A Wal-Mart exit isn’t the upstart victory against an industry giant originally foretold in Jet’s creation… Read More

  • Shopify’s Tobias Lütke says big retailers probably can’t compete with Amazon

    Shopify’s Tobias Lütke says big retailers probably can’t compete with Amazon

    At Montreal’s Startupfest on Thursday, Shopify co-founder and CEO Tobias Lütke sat down with Recode’s Kara Swisher to talk about what Shopify does, and how it can compete as a platform for online retail when giants like Facebook have a keen eye on potentially owning the space. Swisher asked Tobias about whether merchants really need Shopify’s software, when Facebook and… Read More

  • Toronto is poised to become the next great producer of tech startups Crunch Network

    Toronto is poised to become the next great producer of tech startups

    I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Toronto and learned there’s more to this city than Drake calling it home and the recent successes of their professional sports teams. We made one investment there in 2015 and the experience — with the company specifically and the city generally — has been overwhelmingly positive. Indeed, the city has all the markings of a world-class… Read More

  • Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Postmates to date has scored deals with a number of high-profile retailers and restaurants, including Apple, Walgreens, Starbucks, Chipotle, and 7-Eleven. Today, it’s expanding its reach again via a partnership that will bring a number of smaller businesses – even down to mom-and-pop shops – to its delivery service. The company has teamed up with e-commerce software… Read More

  • Shopify gets into chatbots with acquisition of Kit CRM

    Shopify gets into chatbots with acquisition of Kit CRM

    The chatbot craze has claimed another victim. I mean, acquisition. Shopify, the makers of a popular platform used by over 243,000 businesses, from smaller online merchants to big names like Tesla and Budweiser, announced today it’s buying a startup called Kit CRM. The company helps businesses interact with their customers over text messages – yes, “conversational… Read More

  • Aydin Senkut on scaling Felicis Ventures from $4 million to $120 million Crunch Network

    Aydin Senkut on scaling Felicis Ventures from $4 million to $120 million

    In 2006, Aydin Senkut was an unlikely candidate for a venture capitalist. A Turkish immigrant who arrived in Silicon Valley by way of Boston, Philadelphia and Istanbul,  Senkut held product positions at Silicon Graphics and a small startup named Google. Now, a decade later, Senkut has raised four funds with Felicis Ventures and invested in 150 companies with 55 exits. Read More

  • Shopify Debuts Shopkey, An App That Puts A Product Catalog In Your iOS Keyboard

    Shopify Debuts Shopkey, An App That Puts A Product Catalog In Your iOS Keyboard

    A growing number of e-commerce businesses today are assisting their customers over SMS and mobile messaging. There are even SMS-based services, like Magic, Operator, GoButler, and others targeting the emerging “conversational shopping” market. Now, e-commerce platform Shopify is aiming to help its merchants better serve their customers via mobile messaging with the launch of… Read More

  • Square’s Latest Reader Available At Apple

    Square’s Latest Reader Available At Apple

    Square’s latest payments reader is coming to an Apple store near you, the company tells TechCrunch. The devices will retail for $49 and be available online and in-store throughout the U.S. Launched last fall, Square’s new contraption is NFC-enabled and works with Apple Pay. Now the standard in many countries, it accepts EMV chip cards, which are more secure than credit cards… Read More