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Bethesda-based e-tail platform is hiring after $5m Series A round

Spree Commerce, a Bethesda-based B2B platform for e-tailers that provides both storefront and back-end services, is hiring to fill at least five positions. The openings come as the company has recently announced a partnership with domain-name giant GoDaddy and closed a successful $5m Series A funding round, which was led by Thrive Capital.
"We're looking for a VP of marketing," says Sean Schofield, CEO of Spree Commerce, "as well as some in-house sales [support]. We're also hiring Ruby developers."
Spree provides two different products for its customers. Its first offering was open-source software for developers to create storefronts for ecommerce outfits to sell products. But, as Schofield explains, "as companies grow, they experience a whole set of challenges with third-party, back-end systems such as accounting, fulfillment and inventory management." Spree created a commerce Hub to integrate a customer's storefront—whether it is Spree-built or not--with its back-end systems.
Schofield says that typically, the company works with large enterprise customers. The partnership with GoDaddy, which will offer the technology to its small-business clients, represents a new direction for Spree.
"We're working with very small customers," says Schofield. "[The partnership] speaks to the capabilities of [our] technology. This is a big vote of confidence for us. Our technology just keeps getting better."
The Spree Commerce team is growing—according to Schofield, the team has more than doubled since the funding.

Filling the new positions will allow Spree to concentrate on bringing smaller stores into the Spree community. "We're building an inside sales team and we're building a marketing effort," Schofield explains. "We're positioned to go after open-source [users]. We're also working on education and marketing to make new customers aware of our product."

Read more articles by Allyson Jacob.

Allyson Jacob is a writer originally hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the Innovation and Job News editor for Elevation DC. Her work has been featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati CityBeat. Have a tip about a small business or start-up making waves inside the Beltway? Tell her here.
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