Online retailers have sold billions of dollars in merchandise with storefronts on the BigCommerce platform. Currently located in Austin, Texas, BigCommerce started as a two-person team looking to make it big. Co-founders Mitchell Harper and Eddie Machaalani met over the internet six years before they decided to start their company together in 2009, and they self-funded BigCommerce for the first two years of their project's existence. BigCommerce raised $15 million in funding from a venture capital firm in 2011, and the money was quickly used to hire more designers and bring in more staff. With more than 500 app designers currently active on Bigcommerce.com, the platform is able to cater to businesses of all sizes.