Today, Shopify officially turns 8 years old! On June 2nd, 2006, our founders flipped the switch and Shopify emerged from its beta state and came to life. That year, our first merchants took a leap of faith, and many are still with us today. This post is dedicated to the pioneers of our merchant community.
So the story goes with many now-successful startups, we were lean and scrappy in the early days. One of our first offices was a coffee shop called Bridgehead in Ottawa, Canada. Shopify’s founders coded and schemed over cups of coffee and free wifi. Today, that shop is one of our merchants, selling beans, tea and merchandise, online across North America.