Tag Archive: Katherine Hague

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    by Angie Chang

    Toronto-Based ShopLocket, Co-Founded By Katherine Hague, Raises $1M Seed Funding For E-Commerce Disruption

    The $1M seed round for ShopLocket includes participation from Peter Thiel’s Fund Valar Ventures.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Three months after launching, ShopLocket raised $1M in seed funding from Rho Canada Ventures, Valar Ventures, BDC Capital, Relay Ventures, Extreme Venture Partners and private investors.

    Co-founder and CEO Katherine Hague aims to change the way consumers buy and sell products online. She said “e-commerce will not longer be reserved for marketplaces and storefronts. Instead, products will find us – on blogs, websites and in our newsfeeds, just as naturally as the videos and photos we share today.”

    Previously, Katherine was a Shopify theme developer

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    by Angie Chang

    Startups (And Angel Investors) Are A Girl’s Best Friend

    By Katherine Hague (Founder, ShopLocket)

    This is the story of how my startup, ShopLocket, found its first investor, Heather Payne.

    In startup land, we spend a lot of time thinking about that elusive first dollar. Whether it’s from a customer, a bank, or an investor, they often say that it’s the first dollar that’s the hardest.

    Every startup’s path to that first dollar is different, but each is surely equally reliant on pixie dust and the stars aligning. Here is my story.

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    by Angie Chang

    7 Reasons Why It’s Better to Be a Female Founder

    By Katherine Hague (Marketing, ecobee)

    I want to see more female entrepreneurs as much as anyone. But at the same time I think that we tend to undervalue the power of being in the minority.

    It’s important to acknowledge the opportunities that come with being a female founder, rather than focusing on those aspects that might make it less than ideal.

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    by Angie Chang

    Something Worth Waiting For — A Founder’s Calling

    By Katherine Hague (Marketing, ecobee)

    It’s hard for me to believe it’s almost been 5 years since I attended my first entrepreneurship event through Impact in Canada. I had always been the kid setting up lemonade stands or trying to sell hand made greeting cards to unsuspecting teachers [looking back they were really terrible cards, my poor teachers!]. I knew that one day I wanted to start a company but I had no idea there were other people, even kids my age, out there trying to do the same thing.

    After a couple of years of standing on the sidelines of startups, planning events, I decided I needed to get some hands on experience. I started working with a number of startups that my friends had founded and ultimately found myself as an independent consultant on digital media and marketing projects.

    I stumbled into tech.

    You can only spend so long in the startup world without realizing that it’s dominated by tech companies. I loved the fast pace of innovation, the people, and the idea of building something that could change the way people live their lives. I would stay up at night reading Jessica Livingston’s Founders at Work or any startup story I could get my hands on. One of my favorite founder stories is Tony Hsieh of Zappos. I even got to tour their office a couple years ago when I was in town for CES. Next time you’re in Las Vegas, skip the casinos and take the Zappos tour instead, you won’t be disappointed.

    I’m lucky to be surrounded by great people. I never fail to be impressed by the projects and people that surround me.

    Here in Toronto, whether it’s Startup Drinks, DemoCamp, BarCamp, Mesh, Girl Geek Dinners, Startup Weekend, Rails Pub Nite, SproutUp or Hacks and Hackers, there always seems to be something going on for startup founders and developers. It’s a close- knit community and everyone is always eager to help.

    Programming was always this far away, intimidating concept.