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Shopify is digital by design, learn more about what that can mean for you:


Our Origin Story

The first Shopify store was our own.


More than a decade ago we started an online store to sell snowboard equipment directly to those who loved the sport as much as us.

We could have listed our products on a number of marketplaces, but we wanted to own our brand and build relationships with our customers, along with selling our goods. Such a tool didn’t exist, so we built it for ourselves. We soon realized a number of other stores were in need of a hassle-free platform to build their retail business, and Shopify was born. Since then, it's been our mission to make commerce better for everyone and we now power over 1 Million businesses across the globe with no signs of slowing down.


Values That Create Progress

Our values are how we make the decisions that move the needle on our mission. They aren’t so much “Shopify Values” as the things that Shopify values. They are the behaviors we’ve observed in people who are successful at Shopify.


🚀 Be impactful

We’re building a company where everyone has the potential to have a positive impact on everything, from our products to our technology to our people. You achieve impact through the challenges you accept and conquer, the projects you choose to work on, and the environment you create for those around you. Impact comes from doing the tasks that no one else will, and learning to say no when necessary. Impact is all those parts combined. Keep this at the core of everything you do.


🚀 Be merchant obsessed

The products we build are critical to our merchants’ livelihoods and the success of their businesses. Building the best products is only possible by relentlessly working to understand their struggles, caring deeply, and being committed to helping them succeed every step of the way. Merchants depend on us to invent products that allow them to support their livelihoods. This is our responsibility, and we must never forget that.


🚀 Make great decisions quickly

The value we bring to our merchants can be seen as the sum of the decisions we make. To make great decisions, you’ll need to gather context. We default to open internally so that you can access the context you need and have the autonomy to make informed decisions. You should actively seek out information — get curious, ask questions, connect with others, explore other perspectives, and do your research.


🚀 Thrive on change

Commerce is always evolving, Shopify is ever-changing, and change is constant. We’re building an anti-fragile Shopify: a company that benefits from shock. This means thriving and growing when we’re exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, or stressors. It’s difficult to thrive on change. But if we want our growth to actualize, we need to see and appreciate the benefits of change, and learn to thrive in an environment that’s always moving. If we can do that, we’ll see that the rewards of change are greater than the risks of uncertainty.


🚀 Be a constant learner

Since change is constant, we need everyone to be a perpetual and deliberate learner. Deliberate learners acquire new information or experience a new concept or skill, practice it, and self-reflect. Mastering a craft requires a commitment to continuously improving your skills and knowledge. It takes a lifetime of work, and there’s an almost infinite level of expertise you can acquire in your craft.


🚀 Build for the long-term

We want to be a company that sees the next century. To do this, we need to build solutions for our merchants that can adapt to whatever the world throws at them, and us. Whether we’re focused on experiments, features, or infrastructure, we’re intentionally building solutions that will define the future of commerce. If you’re experimenting, move fast, fail quickly, learn, and pivot as you try new ideas.

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