When I arrive at Shopify’s Waterloo offices, my initial thought is that I have to be in the wrong location. “There it is,” my driver says, pointing in a monstrous, yellow brick building with rickety shutters and bleak penitentiary vibes. This can not be right. Are not tech firms supposed to have ultra modern offices with flamboyant architecture and fun slides? And is not this Shopify — the crown jewel of Canadian technician? I had heard about their glorious Ottawa and Toronto offices, together with log cabin assembly rooms and transport container-inspired walls, respectively, but faced with this warm yellow facade I wonder if Waterloo is the runt of the litter.