Daniel Debow

Vice President, Commercial, Shopify

Role: Fellow

Site: CDL-Toronto

Stream: Artificial Intelligence

Daniel Debow is the VP of Partnerships and Corporate Development at Shopify. Daniel was CEO and founder of Helpful, a startup backed by Bessemer Ventures that was acquired by Shopify in 2019. Previously, Daniel was SVP, Emerging Technologies at Salesforce. He was co-founder of Rypple, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2011. Prior to Rypple, he was VP Marketing & Corp Development for Workbrain, which was acquired by Infor in 2007.

Daniel is an early investor in over 50 technology companies including North, Layer6, Spell, Wealthsimple, Ritual, GoInstant, SkipTheDishes, Clearbanc, Kindred, Borrowell, and Clio. In 2015, he was recognized as Canada’s “Angel Investor of the Year.”

Daniel holds a JD/MBA (Gold Medalist) from the University of Toronto, an LLM from Stanford University and a bachelor’s (psychology) from Western University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and a Founding Partner of the Creative Destruction Lab, Root Down Studios, and 42 Developments.