Dubbed “Newsmaker of the Year” in 2013 for his success as an entrepreneur, and named in 2015 as a new “Dragon” for CBC’s Next Gen Den, Harley Finkelstein lives by his personal entrepreneurial philosophy of “the hustle”: go hard, go fast, build the best, and execute. Recently, Finkelstein was named Chief Operating Officer for Shopify. He speaks to the promotion in the article below:
Shopify announced today that Harley Finkelstein has been named Chief Operating Officer.
As Shopify’s first COO, Finkelstein will manage Corporate and Business Development, Sales, Shopify Plus, the Shopify Partner program, Shopify’s App Store, Merchant Support and all external and merchant-facing initiatives.
Finkelstein joined Shopify as Chief Platform Officer in 2010 to support business development and soon took on additional responsibilities.
In that role, Finkelstein built the Shopify Partner program, which has become a core competitive advantage for Shopify. Today, this rich ecosystem of app developers, theme designers, freelancers and agencies includes thousands of active partners that enhance Shopify’s platform and merchant base.
Additionally, Finkelstein oversaw the creation and expansion of Shopify Plus to accommodate the needs of high-volume merchants such as Procter & Gamble, Tesla Motors and RedBull, all of which required a robust platform to support their large-scale businesses.
“Harley is a strong leader at the forefront of Shopify’s growth who will be taking on an even larger role in deepening our relationships with merchants, partners and the public,” said Shopify CEO, Tobi Lütke.
“His relationship with Shopify dates back almost a decade as one of our first merchants, selling T-shirts while in law school. His entrepreneurial background gives him a natural understanding of our merchants and this perspective is invaluable to our business.”
“I joined Shopify at a very early stage because I was inspired by what Tobi had built, and by the idea that anyone, no matter how much money or experience they have, can build their own business using Shopify,” said Finkelstein.
“I see my job as ensuring all our merchants and partners are well taken care of so the rest of the team, especially Tobi, can focus on making sure our product and technology is not only good for the 200,000+ merchants using us today, but the millions of merchants that we hope will use us one day. I’m excited to continue my journey with Shopify and to support the company’s ongoing evolution.”