Select Start Studios is a mobile app development shop based in Ottawa, Canada and it was recently acquired by the up-and-coming eCommerce company Shopify. The acquisition makes a lot of sense as eCommerce is increasingly happening on mobile devices and rather than Shopify outsourcing its mobile efforts, it made more sense for Shopfiy to acquire a group like Select Start and develop the mobile products internally. While Select Start promoted the fact that it does cross-platform development and included BlackBerry, the company is better known for its iOS products such as Getaround.
Shopify has been getting a ton of press over its recent funding round of $15 million from Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, Felicis Ventures, and Georgian Partners. This deal is going to have some pretty awesome implications for stores using Shopify as well as eCommerce on mobile in general.
Fun Friday Fact – Shopify is located in the same building as BlackBerryCool and sometimes we sneak into their office and eat their catered lunch. So there is such a thing as a free lunch and it comes from very rich Internet companies.