Harley Finkelstein
Chief Operating Officer, Shopify
  • Received the Angel Investor of the Year Award (2017)
  • Inducted into the Order of Ottawa (2016)
  • Board member of the C100
  • Advisor to Felicis Ventures and Omers Ventures
  • Shopify named “Canada’s smartest company” by Profit
  • Shopify named “Canada’s smartest company” by Profit
Entrepreneur extraordinaire
Harley Finkelstein is an impassioned entrepreneur, a lawyer, a spirited speaker, a fired-up “dragon” (on CBC TV’s Next Gen Den), a dedicated mentor and an enthusiastic practitioner of the art of the hustle. Indeed, the philosophy of the Shopify COO can be summed up as follows: go hard, go fast, build the best and execute. He’s helped grow “Canada’s smartest company” (Profit) and “one of the world’s most innovative companies” (Fast Company) into a commercial platform that powers more than 400,000 businesses with total sales in excess of $34 billion. Harley’s irresistible charm and great energy – as well as his insights into leveraging entrepreneurial aspirations – will have one and all doing the hustle.
“Something happened in the last ten years where no longer is capital the most important thing.”
Harley in BetaKit