Lightspeed (company)

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Lightspeed Commerce Inc.
IndustryPoint of sale
FounderDax da Silva
Area served
ProductsLightspeed Retail
Lightspeed eCommerce
Lightspeed OnSite
Lightspeed Restaurant
RevenueIncrease US$ 221.7 million (2021)[1]
Increase US$ -124.3 million (2021)[1]
Total assetsIncrease US$ 2,105.3 million (2021)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$ 1,934.2 million (2021)[1]
Number of employees

Lightspeed Commerce is a point-of-sale and e-commerce software provider based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was founded by in 2005 by Dax da Silva who also serves as the CEO of the company. It has offices in Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Santa Cruz, Toronto and Amsterdam. It offers its services to 100,000+ retail, restaurant, and hospitality businesses, across 100 countries.[2][3][4][5]


Lightspeed was founded by Dax da Silva in 2005, with its headquarters in Montreal, to provide point-of-sale and e-commerce software to retail businesses. In 2014, it expanded its customer base to include the hospitality industry.[2][3] It has its offices in Silicon Valley, Olympia, Washington, New York City, Berlin, Amsterdam and Toronto. It provides services to 23,000 businesses worldwide, including Adidas, Harman Kardon, Frank And Oak, Roll: Bicycles, and STORY. The company is backed by iNovia Capital and Accel Partners.[2][4][5]

Growth and expansion[edit]

Accel Partners led a $30 million investment round in 2012 and from 2012 to 2013, the company observed a 120% growth in annual transactions. It acquired MerchantOS, point-of-sale software developer, and Lightspeed Retail, an HTML5 web-based product that can be used from any computer in 2013. Lightspeed's customers processed $7.5 billion in 2013. At the time, the company had more 15,000 store locations.[6][7][8][9][10]

On June 18, 2014, the company added Advanced Analytics to Lightspeed Retail's feature roster. In September, Lightspeed closed a $35 million investment round led by iNovia Capital. The same year, it expanded its reach into the restaurant and hospitality industry in 2014 by the Belgian startup POSIOS. Lightspeed was serving 21,000 businesses and its per year transactions increased from $6 billion to $8.2 billion.[11][3][12][13]

The next year, its client base increased to 23,000 businesses in more than 30 countries. In September 2015, Lightspeed closed a $61 million Series C round of funding led by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Investissement Québec, with participation from earlier investors Accel Partners and iNovia. The next month Lightspeed acquired Amsterdam-based eCommerce software developer SEOShop and announced that it would be expanding its product offering to serve both brick-and-mortar and online retailers. SEOShop's eCommerce platform would be rebranded as Lightspeed eCom and further refined to offer complete integration with the company's retail POS software.[11][14][15][16]

In October 2017, Lightspeed POS Inc. raised about C$200 million ($160 million) in a new round of venture-capital funding.[17]

In April 2018, Lightspeed added Patrick Pichette, the former chief financial officer at Google, Paul McFeeters, the former chief financial officer of OpenText, who has also served on the boards of Hootsuite and Blueprint Software Systems to its board of Directors. Lightspeed POS, Inc. Lightspeed unveiled Retail Success Index Tool in October. Later that year, the company announced Lightspeed Loyalty, a platform for customer engagement. The technology was a result of the company's acquisition of Toronto-based ReUp, a digital platform that allows business owners to build a branded loyalty program.[18][19][20]

On January 30, 2019, Lightspeed Payments rolled out.[21] In March, the company went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LSPD.[22]

As of 2014, Lightspeed has over 700 employees in Montreal, Toronto, Ghent, Amsterdam, Olympia, London, and New York.[7][3] As of 2020, the company generates revenue of $120.6 million with 478.4 million assets.[23][24]

On January 7, 2020 Lightspeed POS Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Gastrofix.[25]

On March 12, 2021, New Zealand cloud-based retail software company Vend was bought by Lightspeed POS Inc. for US$350 million.[26]


In August 2012, Lightspeed was named winner of the 5th Annual Innovative Award - Software Applications for their product.[27] In the same year, Profit ranked Lightspeed number 61 on its list of "Canada's 200 fastest growing companies.[6]


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  16. ^ "Retail Software Maker Lightspeed POS Acquires SEOshop For E-Commerce Push". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  17. ^ George-Cosh, David (2017-10-17). "Lightspeed POS Receives Among the Largest Investments for a Canadian Startup". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
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  19. ^ "Lightspeed Unveils Revolutionary 'Retail Success Index' Educational Tool". RETAIL INSIDER. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  20. ^ "Lightspeed acquires ReUp, rebrands it to Lightspeed Loyalty | BetaKit". 2018-12-14. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  21. ^ "With eyes on an IPO, Montreal's Lightspeed POS launches its payments system". Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  22. ^ "Lightspeed shares surge after TSX IPO | BetaKit". 2019-03-11. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
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  25. ^ Inc, Lightspeed POS. "Lightspeed POS Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Gastrofix". Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  26. ^ "NZ retail software company Vend sold for $350m". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  27. ^ "LightSpeed for iPad Wins 5th Annual Innovative Solutions Award at RetailNOW 2012". 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2020-08-18.

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