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General Assembly Pizza files preliminary prospectus to go public via the TSXV (BETAKIT)

Toronto-based restaurant turned pizza subscription service General Assembly Pizza has filed to become a publicly listed company on the TSX Venture Exchange.


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Judge denies injunction to reopen U.S. web store shuttered by Shopify for items allegedly promoting hate (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Cleveland-based RageOn Inc. failed to prove that it hadn’t crossed the line in violating Shopify’s Acceptable Use Policy.


Instacart doubles valuation with $265 million funding round (FORBES)

Instacart closed a $265 million funding round that sent the grocery delivery app’s value to $39 billion, the company has announced.


Snapcommerce secures $107 million to build a mobile commerce leader (BETAKIT)

Snapcommerce has secured $107 million CAD in growth funding, signalling confidence from investors in the company’s mission to expand beyond the travel space.


Amazon workers’ union drive reaches far beyond Alabama (NEW YORK TIMES)

A vote on whether to form a union at the e-commerce giant’s warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., has become a labor showdown, drawing the attention of N.F.L. players, and the White House.


Gig companies fear a worker shortage, despite a recession (WIRED)

The pandemic sapped demand for rides from Uber and Lyft, and government aid has cushioned the blow for workers. Execs are feeling the strain.


Hudson’s Bay to turn Saks.com into standalone business after deal to sell stake for $500-million (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

The move paves the way for a potential public offering for the online operation.


An incomplete list of Canadian tech events, programs, and organizations supporting women’s initiatives (BETAKIT)

For International Women’s Day, a collection of the numerous Canadian tech events, programs, and organizations seeking to support women’s initiatives – plus a look at how International Women’s Day events have made the pivot to online this year.


With bars and restaurants closed, bartenders and chefs are taking their businesses online (MODERN RETAIL)

Bartenders and chefs alike are seeking out digital platforms to build and monetize their personal brands.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

Caitlin Hotchkiss

Content coordinator, social media smartypants, wordsmith, Human Workflow™. Exists primarily on coffee, cat pictures, German dance metal, and pro wrestling. I will fight for your right to the Oxford comma.