Shopify – Build your business online!

Shopify – Build your business online!



Shopify is an e-commerce platform that enables individuals and businesses to create online stores.  The platform claims to host approximately 50,000 online retailers.

Shopify was founded by Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand, and Scott Lake. In 2004, Lütke, Weinand, and Lake attempted to open an e-commerce business for snowboarding equipment, which they named Snowdevil. Lütke, who is a programmer by trade, could not find a product that exactly fit the needs assessed. He states “to make a long story short, after trying a series of existing online store software packages I got so disgusted with the quality of the whole lot, that I wanted to do something about it just to spite them.”

Lütke designed a custom store coded in what was then an obscure open source platform called Ruby on Rails. After two months, he had a working online store and Snowdevil was launched. By 2006, the co-founding pair decided to share their code to help others sell items online. Lütke created a template for online stores, in which clients would provide the pictures and products. Shopify was launched in June 2006. Lütke summarized this by saying “what used to take months in 2004, can now be done in about 20 minutes.

source wikipedia