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Thinkific files for TSX IPO as Vendasta prices offering at $100 million (BETAKIT)

The terms of Thinkific’s initial public offering (IPO) have yet to be determined. The company has applied to trade on TSX under the symbol “THNC.”


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Frozen pizza sales are red hot and expected to outlast the pandemic (CBC)

Sales are booming as restaurants retool to satisfy the demand for pizzas at home.


“We are getting less money after working more”: Why Amazon drivers are going on strike in India (REST OF WORLD)

The demonstration will be the first nationwide protest at the e-commerce giant.


Deliveroo hit by investor, rider revolt ahead of London IPO (BNN BLOOMBERG)

Aberdeen Standard Investments and Aviva Investors, two of the U.K.’s biggest asset managers, said they won’t be participating in the IPO.


Enabling Bottom-up Entrepreneurship in Canada (BETAKIT)

How can Canadian tech support & enable more entrepreneurs in Canada? What are the tools & mechanisms required? Join Harley Finkelstein (Shopify), Douglas Soltys (BetaKit), and Andrew D’Souza and Michele Romanow (Clearbanc) for a Clubhouse Chat on how to build a network of bottom-up over top-down support!


Buy now pay later services are going after smaller businesses (MODERN RETAIL)

As providers like Affirm, Klarna, Afterpay and Sezzle gain steam among major retailers, the trend is trickling down to local businesses.


Google aims to be the anti-Amazon of e-commerce. It has a long way to go. (NEW YORK TIMES)

Google presents itself to independent sellers as cheaper and less restrictive. But it is not clear whether it can change people’s habits of going straight to Amazon.


Fanatics rides pandemic sales boom to $12.8 billion valuation (FORTUNE)

The five-month long professional sports drought last year clearly did not stop Americans from buying their favorite team’s jersey or hat, judging by Fanatics sales results.


Nuvemshop, LatAm’s answer to Shopify, raises $90M in Accel-led Series D (TECHCRUNCH)

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to people everywhere shopping more online, and Latin America is no exception.


Should gig work be government-run? (NEW YORKER)

The labor reformer Wingham Rowan wants to reimagine labor markets for the digital age.


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Josh Scott

Josh Scott

Josh Scott is a BetaKit staff writer who loves to tell Canadian business and tech stories. His coverage is more complete than his moustache.