|Other names||Tobi Lütke|
|Occupation||CEO of Shopify|
Tobias "Tobi" Lütkeis a German/Canadian entrepreneur who is the co-founder and CEO of Shopify, an e-commerce company based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has been part of the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created open source libraries such as Active Merchant. As of 2022, he was the 11th richest Canadian.
Lütke was born in Koblenz, Germany in 1981.He received a Schneider CPC (German brand of the Amstrad Colour Personal Computer distributed by the Schneider Rundfunkwerke AG) from his parents at the age of six. 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. He moved from Germany to Canada in 2002.
Lütke cites John Carmack's .plan-files from the mid-1990's as "making a huge impression"on him as a teenager and calls them a "a master class in systems design".
In 2004, Lütke, along with his partners, Daniel Weinand and Scott Lake, launched Snowdevil, an online snowboard shop.Lütke built a new e-commerce platform for the site, using Ruby on Rails. Soon after, the Snowdevil founders shifted their focus from snowboards to e-commerce and launched Shopify in 2006. He currently owns 7% of Shopify, which went public in 2015. Despite controlling a minority of the shares outstanding, he controls a 40% voting interest in Shopify due to a two-class voting structure.
The Globe and Mail named Lütke "CEO of the Year" in November 2014.Lütke was presented with the Meritorious Service Cross on November 5, 2018, for his work in supporting the growth of the Canadian technology industry. In 2019, Lütke donated $1,000,001 to Team Trees, the biggest donation as of May 10, 2023, with the message, "For the Lorax". In 2021, Lütke donated $1,200,001 to Team Seas, the 4th biggest donation as of May 10, 2023, with the message "For the Lorax... but wet.".
On September 8, 2021, it was announced that Lütke, along with former and current Shopify top executives and Celtic House Venture Partners, invested $3 million in Creative Layer, "a global personalized print-on-demand platform for managing Shopify orders, proofs, fulfillment, and team members".
On January 31, 2022, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced Lütke would join its board of directors.
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