Shopify is one of the top B2B SaaS companies that focused on #ecosystem early. Last year it paid 💎 $411M to their App Store partners (8% of Shopify's $5B revenue) while in total their partners generated $32B Rev in their ecosystem 💡 ~7X Shopify’s Rev.
🎯 Here is a snapshot on how and why Shopify is building an ecosystem
Today Shopify is the best full-stack e-commerce solution outside of Amazon. It's for you, if you sell online and want to own brand/customers 100%.
Following its #partnerships with Flexport and acquisitions of 6 River Systems and Deliverr Inc., Shopify is becoming a fully integrated end-to-end logistics platform that will help you sell your products online and in-store and deliver them within 48h.
🚚 Since the early days its founder Tobi Lütke recognized that apps and partners were going to make a big difference in their #growth trajectory.
3yrs in (2009), Shopify opened API for partners who were building online stores for people, so they could customize these stores.
Partners started calling: “I'm making the same customization over and over again, can I maybe build an app for it and sell it to people?”
With these use cases in mind, devs started building on Shopify platform and also receiving a 20% commission on referred customers.
Today Shopify App Store has 8,000+ Apps. Btw, they stopped charging devs % on $1M/year in AppStore earnings (15% on >$1M).
💰 Shopify has 40K+ active referral partners
Think content creators, course educators, influencers, review sites who refer merchants to Shopify.
They receive 10-20% commission for the merchants referred.
➕ Shopify Plus
In 2021 brands like Allbirds IPOed selling with Shopify.
These brands don’t pay $29/mo, of course. They use Shopify Plus - enterprise solutions built for scale.
These customers also require help and customization, now offered by Shopify Plus partners. The program selected a few hundreds of best partners (they have higher 20% commission, marketing support, etc).
🤝 Strategic alliances w/ consulting
To reach and serve more enterprise clients, Shopify partners with KPMG, Deloitte and EY.
~10K consultants have exposure to its platform.
⚡️ Strategic Commerce Partners
Shopify powers e-businesses of many social influencers.
🚀 Strategic Product Partners
🗽 Result? A strong competitive moat
👋 More to be said about Shopify's #platform - TBC.
Sources: IR, keynotes.