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Dax Dasilva on buying out investor Accel to deter Lightspeed acquisition

“There was so much more for the company to do.”

Digital Main Street

Sell it, lease it or close it. What’s your exit strategy?

By 2032, more than a half million small and mid-size business-owners in Canada will transfer ownership to a buyer, sell their shares, lease their business to a new operator, or close their doors.

Shopify Plus

Hacking the holidays with Gary Vaynerchuk, VaynerMedia & Shopify Plus

In preparation for the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, VaynerMedia and Shopify Plus have cooked up a binge-worthy podcast miniseries with one goal: to help brands and entrepreneurs nail down and level up their holiday ecommerce strategy just in time.


Apple reportedly acquires Vrvana for $30 million USD

Apple may unveil its first-ever AR headset in 2019.


ADAY aims to simplify your wardrobe with $2M in funding

The company’s latest financing includes investment from H&M CO:LAB, ADG, and SoGal Ventures.

Toronto Star

‘Airbnb of pop-ups’ unveils new experience-driven retail store in Toronto

The ultimate pop-up within a pop-up called Sleepover — which thisopenspace is hosting until Dec. 31 at its flagship Toronto location on Queen St. — is a collection of 40 mostly small brands with a sleep-related theme.


Analysts say Canadian cities fail to make top 10 for Amazon HQ2

Calgary tied with suburban Maryland at 55th, Montreal took the 56th place, and Ottawa is at 61st.


Mattress startup Purple launches in 13 Mattress Firm store locations

Purple says the locations will be used to pilot the sale of Purple’s mattresses, which employ the company’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer technology that is optimized to “disperse pressure and cradle the hips and shoulders.”

Fast Company

The future of retail in the age of Amazon

As Jeff Bezos’s juggernaut continues to grow, forward-thinking competitors are finding creative ways to succeed—and be what Amazon can never be.

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.