BCBUSINESS 30 UNDER 30
Our 30 Under 30 celebrates B.C.'s young guns who excel in their respective industries, give back to their community and planet and who will lead business in this province for years to come. Each year, winners of our 30 Under 30 will be featured in the April issue of BCBusiness and on BCBusiness.ca, with one exceptionally amazing young world-changer gracing that issue's cover.
Danny Halarewich, 28Founder and CEO
COMPANY: LemonStand E-Commerce Inc.
The Story: Raised in a single-parent household in Mission, Danny Halarewich always had an interest in web design–building basic Geocities-style websites off his Sega Dreamcast gaming console for fun. Then, at age 14, he began building websites for small businesses in the Fraser Valley. “My mom needed help, and me bringing in the income was big,” he says. Over time, more and more clients began asking for online stores instead of brochure-like websites–and so, in 2013, he launched LemonStand, a one-stop shop for retailers looking for ready-to-use e-commerce platforms. Halarewich specialized in the front end of the website–the design, the bells and whistles–while his co-founder, Aleksey Bobkov (who has since left the company), built the architecture. In the past two years, LemonStand has recruited local software heavyweights such as CTO Bruce Alderson, from Discovery Software, and VP growth Ross Paul, from ACL Software.
Markers of Success: LemonStand has clients across North America, including Bose, Zendesk and TellTale games. The company, which is privately held but venture-backed, counts BDC, Paul Rochester, ex-CEO of Layer 7, and Kalle Radage, president of Payfirma, as investors. Estimated revenues are well into eight figures. PHOTO: ADAM BLASBERG