Tobias Lütke

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Tobias Lütke
Tobias Lütke, Shopify
Born1981 (age 37–38)
Koblenz, Germany
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian
OccupationCEO, Shopify
Net worthUS$2.8 billion (October 2019)[1]
Height5'10"[2]
Spouse(s)Fiona McKean
Children3
Websitetobi.lutke.com

Tobias "Tobi" Lütke (born 1981) is a German-born Canadian billionaire entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Shopify, a company based in Ottawa, Canada.[3][4][5][6] He has been part of the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created open source libraries such as Active Merchant.[7]

Early life[edit]

Lütke was born in 1981[8]. 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.[9][10] 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.[11][12] He moved from Germany to Canada in 2002.[9][11]

Career[edit]

In 2004, Lütke, along with his partners, Daniel Weinand and Scott Lake, launched Snowdevil, an online snowboard shop.[5][13][14] Lütke built a new e-commerce platform for the site, using Ruby on Rails.[15][12][16] Soon after, the Snowdevil founders shifted their focus from snowboards to e-commerce and launched Shopify in 2006.[17][18][19]

The Globe and Mail named Lütke "CEO of the Year" in November 2014.[20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forbes profile: Tobi Lutke". Forbes. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  2. ^ "@tobi Tobi Lutke 🌳🌲 on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  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.Saver of trees. He has donated to teamtrees.org
  8. ^ "Schulversager, Programmier-Genie, Milliardär". September 7, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Our Canadian CEO of the year you've probably never heard of". November 27, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ich war ein miserabler Schüler". November 30, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Shopify: Koblenzer revolutioniert Onlineshops". May 2, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Against the Grain" (PDF). Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  13. ^ "Q&A with Tobias Lütke of Shopify". June 3, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "Finding Business Motivation in Industry Leaders". January 10, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  15. ^ "Shopify picks up $7M in venture funding". December 13, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ "FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES: #1 - Shopify". May 3, 2010. Archived from the original on May 6, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "Zwei Deutsche mischen Kanadas Gründerszene auf". May 12, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  19. ^ "Shopify auf der Überholspur". February 10, 2014. 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.