Shopify Mafia members share business success stories

  • Shopify encourages entrepreneurship among its employees.
  • Many employees leave the company to start their own businesses.
  • We’ve spoken to over 30 of them. Read their stories here.

as self-proclaimed Entrepreneurship company Shopify builds and provides tools for nearly 2 million merchants to run their online stores. The company often highlights the success stories of the merchant On the company’s blog And on earnings calls.

But Shopify’s messages about entrepreneurship extend to its employees, too. company leaders Encouraging employees to start their own businesses In addition to their day job, hosting internal job competitions and allowing employees to incur up to $1,000 in work-related costs annually.

Even Shopify’s president, Harley Finkelstein, has a side hustle: He runs Shopify-powered tea brand DTC Firebelle tea With David Segal, founder of DavidsTea. Finkelstein previously told Insider that having a side hustle helps him better understand the Shopify product and empathize with the platform’s merchant base.

“I talk a lot about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur in my role at Shopify,” he said. “Firebelly allows me to experience it for myself.”

Other corporate leaders have their own Shopify stores as well, such as Atley Clark, COO of Shop and also co-founder of the women’s and children’s apparel brand. pica layers.

“We’ve been saying for a long time that Shopify is an entrepreneurial company, built by entrepreneurs,” a Shopify spokesperson previously told Insider. “We encourage an entrepreneurial spirit internally and encourage our employees to pursue their interests and side projects.”

Insider profiled dozens of Shopify employees who became entrepreneurs. Read their stories below:

Founder of “Shopify Mafia” talks about how he built his brand while working full time: “Shopify is the only company in the world where you can have a multimillion dollar side hustle”

Greg MacDonald already had a Shopify store when he joined the e-commerce company as a successful Merchant Manager in 2016. But his bath products brand, BathuriumHe has grown exponentially during his five years with the company.

In the end, the store was successful enough for Macdonald to ditch the e-commerce giant and run Bathorium full time. Tell Insider about his experience running a ‘Million dollar side hustle’ While you are still working at Shopify.

Shopify encourages its employees to launch stores as a side hustle. This entrepreneur quit the company to run his shop full time and now generates about $30,000 in monthly sales.

Daniel Patricio was on the Shopify product team when it launched Taurus and Clevera Shopify store selling South African beef biltong, in 2015.

But the side hustle eventually grew bigger than Patricio expected, and he quit his job at Shopify to work at Bull and Cleaver full time. he is Share the story behind his Biltong brand with the insider.

This Shopify Mafia has invested $2.3 million in women-led startups. Two partners share what they are looking to invest in next.

In the spring of 2021, Shopify launched 10 employees — some current and some former — Backbone Angels, an angel investment group focused on funding women-founded startups, especially women of color.

A year later, they invested more than $2 million in new startups. They identified some of their investment priorities In interviews with Insider.

Meet the 34 Shopify Mafia members who embraced the e-commerce giant’s entrepreneurial spirit and launched their own businesses

Several Shopify employees have left the company to pursue entrepreneurship full time. Insider interviewed more than 30 of them, including Michael Perry, who left Shopify to build a parenting software startup Mapleand Irene Chan, who co-founded the rental marketing platform Renty After years as a product manager at Shopify.

Many graduates have gone on to build software aimed at helping engineers simplify programming, such as Harry Brundage and Muhammad Hashmi, who co-founded a tooland Ken Rose, who co-founded it OpsLevel.

Others doubled the DTC and launched their own Shopify stores.