Today Google identified 50 Black-Founded Startups to invest in for 2021. I am proud to announce that SandBox Commerce is one of them.

My journey as a tech entrepreneur and software engineer has had its ups and downs. Four years ago, after identifying the common patterns and designs of expensive custom mobile apps, I decided to create a cost-effective solution that allows retailers to create tailored mobile apps through a streamlined platform.

The concept: if Shopify Plus or Wix can identify easy workflows to create websites, why not do the same for mobile apps. From this idea, SandBox Commerce was…


As diners shift their restaurant habits to curbside pickup or forgo eating out altogether and we continue to spend more time in our houses, grocery store spending habits have shifted. Consumers who initially stockpiled dry goods and toilet paper are now buying food they cook at home and spending at the store is up since the beginning of the pandemic. At the same time, prices up and down the aisles are increasing and demand is up as well. …


AWS Honeycode, Whitepaper by Sterling Smith

Over the weekend, I was asked to help a large management consulting firm understand AWS Honeycode so that they can determine if Amzon’s new product would be the way to go for users who need a general low-code / non technical development solution. As the founder of a no-code platform (Sandbox Commerce) I jumped at the opportunity as it gave me an excuse to dig into a new entrant into the space founded by an up and coming start-up called Amazon. 🤦🏾‍♂️

However, prior to accepting the commission, I asked if they would allow me to post my findings on…


In the hottest part of the year, it’s more than just the mercury rising. Online sales across platforms are at their highest numbers yet: Amazon online sales jumped 40% in the second quarter year-over-year and Shopify second quarter revenue grew 97% from a year earlier. As uncertainty lingers, and consumers continue to adjust their shopping habits to include more e-commerce, I’m having more conversations with retailers wanting to meet customers where they’re at: online.

Running Sandbox Commerce is more than providing a no-code solution for building loyalty; the platform itself has to create an engaging experience for both the retailer…


As mentioned in the July Founder Notes, the way we purchase everything, from our groceries and daily goods to shopping, is shifting as states continue to urge residents to follow stay-at-home procedures and wearing masks is mandated or strongly suggested. Limiting exposure to only the necessary trips and keeping distance are among the ways we can keep each other safe and flatten the curve. In the place of in-person shopping, contactless experiences and curbside commerce have taken over as best practice.

The news podcast Marketplace called it the “low-touch” economy, noting that this shift will be changing many industries. AdAge…


Retailers have a range of tools at their disposal to ensure their growth, from suppliers to plug-ins and backend solutions to partners like Sandbox Commerce that help them grow their audience and strengthen relationships and loyalty. A recent example of how partners can help elevates small and medium businesses came last month when Shopify highlighted Black-owned businesses on Shop. The amplification of these Shopify partners gave them exposure to additional customers and showed Shopify’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for its customers.

We at Sandbox Commerce believe that Black-owned businesses deserve to be lifted up on both the B2C and…


Over the last 90 days our team has seen innovative brands and retail entrepreneurs leverage our no-code platform in ways that we would have never imagined. Here are a few examples.You may know that Sandbox Commerce is the smartest way for brands and retailers to launch mobile apps that both increase engagement and increase long-term value with their best customers. This relationship has served retailers well, deepening the loyalty between brand and shoppers (and vice versa).

Two companies caught our attention for the ways they’re using Sandbox Commerce: Go360 (Northern California) and League of Rebels (Austin, Texas).

League of Rebels


This moment feels beyond frustrating. Beyond sad and helpless. This moment broke many wearied spirits, who have marched and protested on the same topic for years: Black Lives Matter.

As a Black tech founder, my experience has taught me that there are some places where my voice will be diminished or silenced completely. I fight harder to gain an audience with investors and pitch my business. …

Sterling Smith

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