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WeCommerce announces new hires, including CFO (BETAKIT)

In July WeCommerce secured about $33.7 million in funding following the close of a previously announced bought deal financing.


Southeast Asia’s online marketplace Carousell is now a ‘unicorn’ valued at $1.1 billion (CNBC)

South Korean private equity firm STIC Investments led the investment round.


Urbx moves to dismiss Attabotics’ patent infringement claim (BETAKIT)

Boston startup Urbx has filed a motion to dismiss Attabotics’ patent infringement lawsuit, arguing the claims laid out in the Calgary-based robotics supply chain firm’s suit lack merit.


The Teamsters file for first union election at an Amazon warehouse in Canada (VICE)

Amazon warehouse workers in Nisku, Alberta have filed for a union election, following the passage of a Teamsters resolution to unionize Amazon.


Shopify grows 846 percent over three-year period, places second on 2021 TSX30 ranking (BETAKIT)

Shopify announced its first-ever $1 billion revenue quarter in July.


This delivery app went above and beyond for its workers. Then Uber took over (REST OF WORLD)

Everything changed after Chilean unicorn Cornershop was bought by the American ride-hailing giant.


Duda acquires Quebec-based e-commerce startup Snipcart (BETAKIT)

Its acquisition follows California-based Duda raising $50 million USD from a Series D round funding in June, which brings the company’s total funding to $100 million to date.


It has come to subscription tacos (THE ATLANTIC)

Even Taco Bell is a tech company now.


CarDoor raises $3 million, prepares its online car retail platform for cross-Canada expansion (BETAKIT)

Launched in July, CarDoor offers an online car buying and delivery service to consumers.


California may be the first state to legislate Amazon warehouse conditions (THE MARKUP)

A bill headed to the governor’s desk aims to curb injuries in warehouse distribution centers run by a broad spectrum of employers and outlaw punishment for bathroom breaks.


SMRT1 crowdfunds over $484,000 for smart touchscreen for vending machines (BETAKIT)

With the funds, SMRT1 wants to expand its outreach to more sectors after seeing its technology’s successful integration into the fresh food retail and harm reduction industries.


After a boom in home decor sales, furniture startups are now focused on retention (MODERN RETAIL)

The home decor boom is slowing down, and the young brands that benefitted from it are looking for ways to keep customers coming back.


Creative Layer secures backing from Shopify CEO, Celtic House for personalized printing platform for Shopify creators (BETAKIT)

The Ottawa-based company has already secured $3 million in seed funding led by Shopify co-founder and CEO Tobi Lütke and Celtic House Venture Partners, both of whom previously invested in Canvaspop.


Walmart, GlobeNewswire probe fake statement on crypto deal (BNN BLOOMBERG)

Walmart Inc. and a press-release distributor are investigating a hoax tying the retailer to a supposed cryptocurrency deal after an announcement, later determined to be false, caused a short-lived surge in Litecoin through a highly unregulated market.


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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.