Tim has played a huge part in putting Shopify on the map. He has been an advisor to Shopify since 2009, and he’s been invaluable in the growth of our business.
Back when no one knew about us, we were brainstorming with him. He challenged us to prove that building an online business was in fact as easy as we claimed. In order to accomplish that, and under Tim’s guidance and leadership, we created the Shopify Build-a-Business competition. Now, it’s one of the most important things that we do.
In the most recent Build-a-Business contest alone, more than 12,000 brand-new shops sold more than $55 million in products. It’s become the most popular ‘online retail’ competition in the world.
This helped Shopify ‘cross the chasm’ in terms of pushing Shopify’s brand to a mainstream audience.
It was risky, but Tim knew it would succeed – it was entirely consistent with his track record for PR and Marketing. Simply put, Tim is our secret weapon!
Tim has been incredibly helpful to our company because he actually rolls up his sleeves and helps with the initiatives that drive revenue.
In particular, he helped us with our two biggest launches by helping to develop our PR strategy, making introductions to journalists/bloggers, and sharing our announcements with his audience. The results were launches that exceeded our expectations in terms of media impressions and sales.
Tim has also helped us raise venture capital by making important investor introductions and improving our investor presentations.
Knowing that TIm is incredibly busy with his other investments, books, TV show, and travels, we've been impressed by how accessible and responsive he is. If you can get him to invest or advise in your company, you'll be very glad he did.