Tobias Lütke

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Tobias Lütke
Tobias Lütke, Shopify
Born 1980 (age 37–38)
Koblenz, Germany
Residence Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation CEO of Shopify
Net worth US$1.2 billion (March 2018)[1]
Spouse(s) Fiona McKean
Children 3
Website tobi.lutke.com

Tobias Lütke (born 1980)[2] is founder and CEO of Shopify, a commerce company based in Ottawa, Canada.[3][4][5][6] He has served on the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created open source libraries such as Active Merchant.[7]

Early life[edit]

Lütke received a Schneider CPC (German brand of the Amstrad CPC distributed by the Schneider Rundfunkwerke AG) from his parents at the age of six.[8][9] By 11 or 12, he began rewriting the code of the games he played and modifying the computer hardware. Lütke dropped out of school and entered an apprenticeship program at the Koblenzer Carl-Benz-School to become a computer programmer after tenth grade.[10][11] He moved from Germany to Canada in 2002.[8][10]

Career[edit]

In 2004, Lütke launched Snowdevil, an online snowboard shop from his garage with his partners, Daniel Weinand and Scott Lake.[5][12][13] After looking around and not being satisfied with any of the e-commerce platforms that were currently available, Lütke, a programmer by trade, had decided to build his own[14] in Ruby on Rails.[11][15]

Soon after, the Snowdevil founders decided to shift their focus from snowboards to e-commerce and Shopify, the e-commerce platform, was officially launched in 2006.[16][17][18]

In 2012, Profit included Lütke on its “The Fabulous 30” list.[19] The Globe and Mail named Lütke “CEO of the Year” in November 2014.[20][21] By September 2016, more than 300,000 merchants utilized Shopify and over $20 billion worth of gross merchandise on the company’s platforms since 2006.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peterson-Withorn, Chase. "Meet The World's 259 Newest Billionaires". forbes.com. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Canada's Richest People: Tobias Lütke". Canadian Business, 9 November 2017
  3. ^ "Episode: 375: Tobias Lutke - Founder & CEO of Shopify". Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "First family of Shopify to restore Opinicon resort". January 28, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Fluke and luck: Shopify's co-founder profited from both". October 5, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Founder to CEO: Tobias Lutke, Shopify". June 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tobias Lutke, CEO, Shopify at Business of Software 2011". May 23, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Our Canadian CEO of the year you've probably never heard of". November 27, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ich war ein miserabler Schüler". November 30, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Shopify: Koblenzer revolutioniert Onlineshops". May 2, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Against the Grain" (PDF). Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Q&A with Tobias Lütke of Shopify". June 3, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Finding Business Motivation in Industry Leaders". January 10, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Shopify picks up $7M in venture funding". December 13, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Top 5 Keys to Shopify's Success – an Interview with Tobias Lutke". December 22, 2010. Archived from the original on May 2, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  16. ^ "FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES: #1 - Shopify". May 3, 2010. Archived from the original on May 6, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Zwei Deutsche mischen Kanadas Gründerszene auf". May 12, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Shopify auf der Überholspur". February 10, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Fab 30: Tobias Lutke, CEO of Shopify". July 18, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Shopify's Tobias Lutke Crowned CEO of 2014". November 27, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  21. ^ Knowlton Thomas (November 27, 2014). "Tobias Lutke Crowned CEO of 2014". Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Shopify Preparing for Dual U.S.-Canada Initial Public Offering in 2015". January 9, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.