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Wayfair, Cloudflare join growing group of international firms opening Toronto offices (BETAKIT)

Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder, COO, and president of Cloudflare, spoke at Collision about how Toronto’s strength in artificial intelligence and hardware prompted the company’s expansion.


Amazon’s automated checkout is coming to full-size supermarkets (BNN BLOOMBERG)

The breakthrough, if it works, would catapult Amazon ahead of rivals, which are testing similar camera-based technology developed by various startups.


Parking problems eat into food delivery drivers’ earnings (THE TYEE)

Union lobbies BC’s cities to offer free, short-term parking as demand for app couriers continue to grow.


Affirm seeks to go beyond buy now pay later with its Returnly acquisition (MODERN RETAIL)

Buy now, pay later startup Affirm is looking to acquisitions to gain an edge over its competitors.


Shopify expands Pinterest partnership to 27 new markets (BETAKIT)

The development is the latest in a series of expanded partnerships Shopify has made with big social media companies.


Uber and Just Eat Takeaway CEOs spar on Twitter as European food delivery battle heats up (CNBC)

Approximately 24 million people used the app to order food from around 126,000 restaurants in Europe last year, as lockdowns resulted in more people ordering takeaways.


Amazon shut out merchants from Pakistan, but they’re still finding a way onto the platform (REST OF WORLD)

The e-commerce giant is courting the country’s largest manufacturers, but smaller sellers must still use workarounds to reach customers.


Restaurants, delivery apps still at odds as demand grows (AP NEWS)

Some restaurants, fed up with the fees, have since started their own delivery or dropped off the platforms altogether.


Despite small decline in deals, Waterloo Region remained a healthy startup ecosystem in 2020 (BETAKIT)

Waterloo Region startups raised $689.6 million for all of 2020 — up 107 percent over 2019. An additional report from Hockeystick also indicated a potential investing gap for BC’s early-stage startups.


Online used car sales are booming — but the road remains bumpy (MODERN RETAIL)

E-commerce marketplaces specializing in used car sales are having a moment — sort of.


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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.