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Harley Finkelstein is the Chief Platform Officer of Shopify, a world-leading ecommerce solution.

Shopify is giving away more than $500,000 in cash, prizes and mentorship in its fourth annual Build A Business Competition. Contestants create a store and try to sell the most in their category for a chance to win $50,000 and a VIP trip to NYC to meet their mentor.

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Shopify's Build-A-Business Competition Winners Revealed

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:41 PM


There's only one way to get over your fear of failure -- to fail. Maybe more than once.

The 10 winners of Shopify's fourth annual Build-A-Business Competition are all entrepreneurs who weren't afraid to fail.

Eight months ago, we challenged...

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How to Scale Your Business (Fast!) After a Runaway Crowdfunding Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 2:11 PM


By Liz Downey, Foodie Dice

Last year, my sister moved to California to start a business with me. We didn't know what we were going to do, but we liked the idea of working together. When she first got here, we...

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Do You See Faces in Everyday Objects?

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 12:05 PM


By Alex Regenstreich, Iseefacestoo

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

I launched my business on Shopify to share images of faces found in everyday objects. This...

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How to Use Google Shopping to Grow Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 12:37 PM


All businesses know the power of Google - its search engine results can bring you customers that are actively searching for what you're selling. But have you heard of Google Shopping?

You may have noticed thumbnail images of specific products that show up...

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5 Lessons I Learned While Developing My Product

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 3:19 PM


By Sara Rose Anderson, Britelites

A few years ago, after my daughter was born, I considered getting a serious makeover. Nine months of pregnancy will do that to you. Funky colors were calling my name...

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10 Coolest 3D Printer Creations

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 10:57 AM


By Nathaniel Caird, Natty Industries

I started Natty Industries because I noticed a gap that 3D Printing could fill, or rather lots of tiny gaps. If you wanted a doorstop with your logo on it, or dice with...

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How We Used Instagram to Grow Our Sales By 500% In 2 Months

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:31 PM


ZuVi was created with a mother's love of fashion, a daughter's love for yoga, and their mutual love for the environment. The result was some crazy, beautiful leggings made from recycled water bottles and sold on their Shopify store.

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How to Choose the Perfect Domain Name For Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 11:14 AM


By .CO

Having the right domain name helps you establish your credibility, makes it easier to promote your brand, and gives people a place to find you online. Your domain name is a big part of your first impression - it's...

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7 Strangest Stores in Shopify's Build A Business Competition

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:52 PM


Thousands of stores have entered Shopify's Build A Business Competition to see if they can sell the most in their category over a two-month period.

Today is officially the last day to join the competition! Then, you'll have until May 31...

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How A Fast Food Tray Turned Into A Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 2:02 PM


By Steven Watts, Slyde Handboards

Few businesses can say they got their start from a tray. But that's exactly where I got my idea for the business I launched on Shopify.

To most, the inconspicuous fast food tray...

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The Secret Weapon Your iPhone Needs

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:11 PM


About two years ago, entrepreneur Laurence Hallier was sitting with his friend, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, and talking about their love of iPhones but their need to have a second phone with a keyboard for typing and correspondence.

"One night we just...

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Hey Sports Fans, You Need One Of These Works Of Art

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 10:30 AM


By Steven Taylor, Form & Glory

Back in November, I launched a new design collective and Shopify store called Form & Glory. Its mission is to bring together artists, designers and makers from around the world to create a...

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5 Tips For Using Twitter to Drive Social Commerce

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:39 PM


Twitter is a great tool to help you build meaningful connections with potential customers.

What are the best ways to engage your audience? And how do you convert those social conversations into sales?

Shopify + Twitter present:
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Tina Roth Eisenberg on Picking Winning Projects

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 12:54 PM


Tina Roth Eisenberg is known to many as swissmiss after her wildly popular design blog. She's since become known for many other creative projects including a browser-based to-do app called TeuxDeux, and a temporary tattoo line for children and...

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Every Thrift Shopper Needs to See This

(4) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:03 PM


By Chris White, Shinesty

At Shinesty, our mission is to rid the world of life-sucking, smile-stealing, boring clothing.

Every week, millions of college students and young adults across the country attend themed parties dressed in unique, outlandish clothing. 80's Ski,...

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Lil Jon: Who I Dream of Working With & What Donald Trump is Like

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:01 AM


Lil Jon is a rapper, producer, DJ and entrepreneur. He's known for his rambunctious catch phrases and ceaseless energy, as well as being a star of two seasons on Celebrity Apprentice.

He's also the mentor in the Music category of Shopify's...

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Going From Inmate to Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:12 PM


By Hass Saddique, SWAGG

It wasn't long ago that I was in prison. Now, I'm travelling the country, spreading positive vibes and running a business on my Shopify store.

I grew up in an urban neighborhood on...

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Everything I Needed to Know About Business I Learned in the Kitchen

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 11:59 AM


By Ami Varsanyi, Luv Macarons

"Let's do one hand at a time, to spare my boyfriend from having to deal with any... personal hygiene issues," I said.

Sigh. After 25 years in high-tech, carpal tunnel had caught up...

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The Three Key Retail Metrics You Should Be Tracking

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 9:51 AM


We all know the importance of looking at the numbers in order to improve your business. But what metrics should you focus on as a retail store? And what are the best ways to use...

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What It's Like To Watch Your Own Ad During The Super Bowl

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 9:18 AM


Millions of people tune into the Super Bowl every year to watch the big game - but also to see the specially crafted Super Bowl commercials.

This year, one of those ads was from GoldieBlox - a company that creates engineering...

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