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.”
My purpose now is to find a repeatable and scalable business model – Steve Blank’s definition of a startup.
By Heather Payne (Founder, Ladies Learning Code)
I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur for a long time. Not when I was in university (back then, I wanted to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company), but sometime between graduating and landing my first real job, I realized that I just wasn’t going to be able to make a career out of working for the man. Even after that realization, it’s taken me a long time to get here.
As of today, though, I’m really an entrepreneur. And I’m effing excited about it.
(Want to skip to my new venture? It’s called HackerYou.
By Katherine Hague (Founder, ShopLocket)
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.
“We’re hoping to make everyone literate about the basics of programming while creating a generation of new and talented programmers” Zach Sims, co-Founder of Codecademy told me in an email.
By Eden Godsoe (Co-Founder & CEO, SkinnyScoop)
I was not one of those women who always knew she would be an entrepreneur. Around the time I became pregnant with my first child, I began looking into the dynamics of female purchase power and how women influence one another. What I saw was a huge, untapped opportunity that I had the know-how and the passion to address.
I am originally from Toronto, Canada where I got a BA in Economics and Philosophy before moving to New York to work at Morgan Stanley. After a few years in NYC, I headed west to Stanford Business School. Post business school, I honed
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By Heather Payne and Melissa Crnić (Organizers, Toronto Ladies Learning to Code)
Serious question here. Where are all the female programmers? Despite efforts over the past few years to increase the number of women in tech, the percentage of female Computer Science graduates is dropping. Of developers involved in open source projects, only 1.5% are women. The overall percentage of women in IT careers is down. The actions taken to level the playing field clearly aren’t working, unfortunately.
Luckily, we discovered a new strategy for getting women into coding, and success stories are quickly accumulating.