Tobias Lütke

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Tobias Lütke
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Born1981 (age 39–40)
Koblenz, Germany
NationalityGerman
CitizenshipCanada
OccupationCEO, Shopify
Net worthUS$9.3 billion (Aug 2020)[1]
Height5'10"[2]
Spouse(s)Fiona McKean
Children3
Websitetobi.lutke.com

Tobias "Tobi" Lütke is a German-Canadian billionaire entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Shopify, a company based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[3][4][5][6][7] He has been part of the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created open source libraries such as Active Merchant.[8]

Early life[edit]

Lütke was born in 1981.[9] He received a Schneider CPC (German brand of the Amstrad CPC distributed by the Schneider Rundfunkwerke AG) from his parents at the age of six.[10][11] By 11 or 12, he began rewriting the code of the games he played and modifying computer hardware as a hobby. Lütke dropped out of school and entered an apprenticeship program at the Koblenzer Carl-Benz-School to become a computer programmer after tenth grade.[12][13] He moved from Germany to Canada in 2002.[10][12]

Career[edit]

In 2004, Lütke, along with his partners, Daniel Weinand and Scott Lake, launched Snowdevil, an online snowboard shop.[5][14][15] Lütke built a new e-commerce platform for the site, using Ruby on Rails.[16][13][17] Soon after, the Snowdevil founders shifted their focus from snowboards to e-commerce and launched Shopify in 2006.[18][19][20]

The Globe and Mail named Lütke "CEO of the Year" in November 2014.[21][22] In 2019, Lütke donated 1,000,001 seedlings to Team Trees, the biggest donation as of January 15, 2021.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forbes profile: Tobi Lutke". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  2. ^ Tobi Lutke [@tobi] (2019-07-06). "I'm precisely average male height (5 foot 10) but from many U.S. retailers the best fitting shirts are XS. Vanity sizing needs to stop" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2020-05-03 – via Twitter. |date= mismatches calculated date from |number= by two or more days (help)
  3. ^ "Episode: 375: Tobias Lutke - Founder & CEO of Shopify". 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  4. ^ "First family of Shopify to restore Opinicon resort". 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  5. ^ a b "Fluke and luck: Shopify's co-founder profited from both". 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  6. ^ "Founder to CEO: Tobias Lutke, Shopify". 2013-06-07.
  7. ^ "THE CASE FOR SWAGGER: CANADIANS HAVE A LOT TO BE PROUD OF". 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  8. ^ "Tobias Lutke, CEO, Shopify at Business of Software 2011". 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  9. ^ "Schulversager, Programmier-Genie, Milliardär". 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  10. ^ a b "Our Canadian CEO of the year you've probably never heard of". 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  11. ^ "Ich war ein miserabler Schüler". 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  12. ^ a b "Shopify: Koblenzer revolutioniert Onlineshops". 2014-05-02. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  13. ^ a b "Against the Grain" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  14. ^ "Q&A with Tobias Lütke of Shopify". 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  15. ^ "Finding Business Motivation in Industry Leaders". 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  16. ^ "Shopify picks up $7M in venture funding". 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  17. ^ "Top 5 Keys to Shopify's Success – an Interview with Tobias Lutke". 2010-12-22. Archived from the original on 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  18. ^ "FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES: #1 - Shopify". 2010-05-03. Archived from the original on 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  19. ^ "Zwei Deutsche mischen Kanadas Gründerszene auf". 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  20. ^ "Shopify auf der Überholspur". 2014-02-10. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  21. ^ "Shopify's Tobias Lutke Crowned CEO of 2014". 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  22. ^ Knowlton Thomas (2014-11-27). "Tobias Lutke Crowned CEO of 2014". Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  23. ^ "Team Trees Official Website". #teamtrees. Retrieved 2020-09-20.