Overview

Commerce: a force for good

Over 1 million businesses built on Shopify are rewriting the rules for our modern economy.

We’re making commerce better for everyone

The success of millions of independent business owners is critical to our world’s economic prosperity. Every new business adds more value to the world. It’s not a zero-sum game, and commerce benefits from more voices rather than fewer. But entrepreneurship is challenging. That’s why we remove barriers and friction for independent business owners. We create tools for anyone, anywhere, to start and grow a business and impact the global community.

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Shopify business owners working in different parts of the world.

“We have spent more than a decade democratizing commerce, simplifying it, and making it accessible for businesses of all sizes.”

Tobi Lütke, CEO | Shopify
Kaley and Keira Young of Cup Board Pro walk their dogs.

The Young family’s Cup Board Pro is among over one million businesses, up from 377,500 in 2016, proving the growing desire for independence.

The Young family’s Cup Board Pro is among over one million businesses, up from 377,500 in 2016, proving the growing desire for independence.

Capitalism in the hands of many

People who shopped online or in stores in the past year—and who hasn’t?—almost certainly purchased from a store built on Shopify, just like 218 million other shoppers. These purchases matter, because individuals are voting with their money to support entrepreneurs who dare to strike out on their own. That kind of commerce changes the world.

Jenn Harper, founder of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics, works at her desk while on the phone.

Businesses on Shopify supported over $1 billion in economic activity from 2016 to 2018 across 12 countries, including the US, the UK, China, Germany, and Canada, where Cheekbone Beauty operates.

Businesses on Shopify supported over $1 billion in economic activity from 2016 to 2018 across 12 countries, including the US, the UK, China, Germany, and Canada, where Cheekbone Beauty operates.

Reversing the era of consolidation

By supporting over one million businesses, empowering the unique individuals behind them, and fostering more competition, economic prosperity spreads—from business owners to their families to communities and beyond. Together, we’re changing the face of capitalism for good. We believe anyone, anywhere, can impact everyone.

“Shopify is a catalytic engine for entrepreneurial activity, scaling businesses, and ultimately contributing to economic growth.”

Shopify’s Global Economic Impact Report, created by Deloitte

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