Harley Finkelstein

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Harley Finkelstein
Harley Finkelstein, Shopify.jpg
Born Montreal, Quebec
Residence Ottawa, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Concordia University, University of Ottawa
Occupation Chief Operating Officer of Shopify[1]
Spouse(s) Lindsay Taub
Website harleyf.com

Harley Finkelstein is a Canadian businessperson, entrepreneur and public speaker. He is best known as the Chief Operating Officer of Shopify.[1][2][3][4][5] He is a board member of the C100,[6] and an advisor to both OMERS Ventures and Felicis Ventures.[7] He is also a Dragon on CBC Dragons' Den, Next Gen Den.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Finkelstein was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[9][10] At 17, he founded a T-shirt company while attending McGill University.[2] He later transferred to Concordia University and received a bachelor's degree in economics.[10] Finkelstein then attended the University of Ottawa where he founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian MBA Oath while working towards his Juris Doctor and MBA.[6][11]

Career[edit]

After completing his JD and MBA, Finkelstein worked at a law firm in Toronto for a year. In 2009, Finkelstein met with Tobias Lütke, the co-founder and CEO of Shopify, to discuss opportunities for the company.[9] Finkelstein was hired soon after and was named Shopify's Chief Platform Officer.[5][12] In December 2014, Finkelstein was appointed a member of the C100 board.[6] The C100 is an organization that supports the Canadian technology community and is a bridge between Canada and Silicon Valley. Finkelstein serves as a mentor and advisor to various organizations and incubators including Felicis Ventures, FounderFuel, Invest Ottawa and CIPPIC.[7][13][14]

In January 2016, Finkelstein was named COO of Shopify.[1] That same year, he was inducted into the Order of Ottawa by Mayor Jim Watson.[15]

Awards[edit]

Finkelstein was named Angel Investor of the Year at the Canadian Startup Awards in March 2017.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Finkelstein named Shopify chief operating officer". Ottawa Business Journal. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Newsmaker of the Year: Shopify's Finkelstein brings hustle to Ottawa". Ottawa Business Journal. December 17, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ep #36: The Evolution of Online and Offline Retail with Harley Finkelstein of Shopify". eCommerce Fuel. March 14, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Keynote Speeches from Jeff Lewis and Harley Finkelstein at Scion Motivate". Scion. April 17, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Targeting Enterprise Commerce: Shopify Plus gives larger online sellers access to advanced, scalable storefronts". Adweek. June 16, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Harley Finkelstein Joins C100 Organizing Committee". C100. December 1, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "The future of retail is retail everywhere: Harley Finkelstein". Business Standard. July 28, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ Sissi Wang (November 24, 2015). "Shopify's Harley Finkelstein on how to pitch 'Next Gen Den'". Canadian Business Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Tony Lofaro (January 2, 2014). "People to watch in 2014: Daniel Weinand and Harley Finkelstein". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Working It: Harley Finkelstein". Montreal Gazette. October 3, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ "About the MBA Oath". University of Ottawa. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ Jenna Wortham (November 15, 2014). "Buying the Bricks for Your Online Storefront". New York Times. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Interview with Shopify CPO Startupfest "break-out" session speaker Harley Finkelstein!". Startup Festival. June 12, 2013. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ Cutler, Kim-Mai (March 12, 2015). "Felicis Ventures Brings on More Founders to its Advisory Council With Shopify CPO". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Mayor Watson Announces 2016 Order of Ottawa Inductees and Brian KilreaAward for Excellence in Coaching Recipient". City of Ottawa. November 10, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Hats Off to Canadian Startup Winners at Annual Awards". Financial Post. March 7, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 

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