Shopify is a HackVAN API Sponsor

HackVAN and Shopify

Shopify will again be an API sponsor at this year’s HackVAN. It was great to have Joey DeVilla‘s accordion-slinging self with us, and he has posted some great pictures of the event from last year.

If you don’t know Shopify, it is an ecommerce platform that hosts 20,000+ online stores used by millions of users around the world. Their merchants range from stay-at-home moms and small budding entrepreneurs, to big names like Rovio, General Electric, Tesla Motors and Foo Fighters.

Shopify (like a great many of our sponsors) is also hiring. They’re mainly looking for people in their Ottawa office, but we noticed a Senior Operations Engineer that they’d be happy to work from space anywhere.

Shopify Million Dollar Fund

One final thing of interest to developers, is that Shopify has a special Shopify Fund to encourage development on top of their platform and in their appstore. How big is the fund? Why, $1 MILLION DOLLARS, of course! Here’s a bit more about the fund itself, in the words of Shopify:

If you have an idea for an app or utility, tell us about it. We’ll evaluate it, and if we decide to support your project, we’ll provide an advance in the neighborhood of $5,000 – $10,000 on future sales in the App Store. It’s like the advances that authors get on sales of their books. And just like those advances, it lets you focus on your Shopify project for a few weeks without having to worry about how you’re going to pay the rent, mortgage and the usual cost of living.

Thanks again to Shopify for being an API sponsor!

19 Mar 2012, 6:17pm
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