The best partnerships are those that come about by talking to friendly people who happen to work at companies you admire and make products you actually use. Such is the case with Shopify, our friends that make killer software for creating your own online store. We’ve been happily using it to power our own Equipment Shop for years, and it’s made adding physical products to our repertoire dead simple.
Shopify also understands the importance of design in their products as well as the important role the design community plays in creating beautiful storefronts:
- They sponsored our first ever meetup here at Dribbble HQ back in 2012.
- Shopify’s Community Development Manager, Arati Sharma, has manged to make Toronto Dribbble’s largest meetup community.
- Shopify is one of Dribbble’s largest design teams.
Can someone say, synergy? No, please don’t! There has to be a non Ha Ha Business way of describing mutual admiration between two companies. We’re still on the lookout for that term.
So, it was serendipitous when conversations with Shopify’s Chief Platform Officer, Harley Finkelstein led to a partnership we’re thrilled to be announcing today: Shopify will be Dribbble’s Official Global Meetup Sponsor in 2014.
What does that mean? It means Shopify will be helping us foster and grow the amazing meetup community that has evolved out of our virtual network of designers and creative folks. Dribbble Meetups (hundreds of them worldwide) have become one of the most satisfying aspects of the business for us—helping designers connect with each other in person. We’re fired up to help these meetups get bigger, better and more widespread. If you haven’t already, join a Dribbble Meetup in your area, or host your own.
Thank you, Shopify, for understanding the value in connecting designers around the globe. We appreciate your support of our community, have enjoyed getting to know your team and can’t wait to create some great events with you this year!
Calling all captains
Have you hosted a Dribbble Meetup in the past, or are you interested in starting a Dribbble Meetup in your fair city? We’d love to hear from you. With this year’s push to expand our gatherings for designers, we’re looking to partner up with local “meetup captains” to be our boots on the ground to help us organize more gatherings for creative folks in your area. Contact us for more info.