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From the 16th Annual Shorty Awards

Shopify Masters

Audience Honor in Branded Podcast


Shopify Masters is the podcast to help you start your dream business. Enjoy two new episodes each week as hosts Shuang Esther Shan, Adam Levinter, and Benjamin Gottlieb sit down with business founders and industry experts as they share their experiences starting and scaling successful brands. Learn how to create social media ads that pay off, optimize your website for sales, find the right suppliers and so much more.


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Shopify is more than just a platform; it's a global community of diverse entrepreneurs. From artisans crafting unique handmade items, to farmers revolutionizing sustainable agriculture, to CEOs steering the course of industry giants, our community is rich with stories of innovation, resilience, and success. Our podcast, Shopify Masters, is home to these stories. Each episode celebrates entrepreneurship while sharing wisdom from those who've overcome common obstacles when building their businesses.

Unlike traditional business podcasts, Shopify Masters is not a one-size-fits-all guide to success. It is proof that anyone, anywhere can start and build their own business. We share this possibility with our audience by elevating personal stories. Each episode is a journey into the life of a founder or a deep topic dive with an industry expert. We aim to educate, entertain, and inspire all while demystifying what it takes to become an entrepreneur.

We release two episodes each week, featuring a diverse roster of guests, including individuals behind brands such as BombasCirque du SoleilGoogleMomofukuRare Beauty and many more.

Beyond our storytelling skills, Shopify Masters sits above other similar programs because of its use of insider knowledge. We leverage our unique position as a leader within ecommerce and retail to share key insights that can help businesses thrive in both digital and physical environments to truly be omnichannel champions. 

Ultimately, Shopify Masters is not just about sharing stories from our community; we're equipping our listeners with the tools they need to write their own.

Some of our past notable guests include: 
Shaun White, Olympain and founder of Whitespace 
James Hoffman, Coffee expert on YouTube and founder of coffee roastery and cafe
Neil Hoyne, Chief Strategist of Data & Measurement at Google
Maryam Haghighi, Director of Data Science at the Bank of Canada 
Daniel Lamarre, Former CEO of Cirque du Soleil
Randy Goldberg, Co-founder of Bombas 
Marguerite Zabar Mariscal, CEO of Momofuku



Shopify Masters has more than 10 million downloads all-time, with 2 million of those plays coming in 2023. Retention rates per episode are also very promising, with more than half of all listeners sticking around until the end of most episodes. Our audience keeps returning to the program because it offers up-to-date conversations on trends and strategies for folks interested in entrepreneurship, regardless of where they are on that journey. That has allowed us to build an engaged community of self-motivated individuals hungry for more stories. But beyond performance metrics, our team is particularly moved when a listener becomes an entrepreneur after being inspired by an episode and lets us know about it; there is perhaps nothing more indicative of success than that. 


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