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EP209: Daniel Debow on Energy

Welcome to Season 2 of Connected Intelligence - a podcast about all the things we bring to work that aren’t actually about the work.


Daniel Debow is VP of Product at Shopify. Dan’s energy is contagious. He is a talented founder, leader, and an incredible bass player. Dan shares his insights from decades of his career, and makes the connection creating music in a group, and creating space for expression in the workplace.


Daniel was CEO and founder of Helpful, a startup backed by Bessemer Ventures that was acquired by Shopify in 2019. Daniel was co-founder of Rypple, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2011, where he was SVP, Emerging Technologies. Prior to Rypple, Daniel was VP Marketing & Corp Dev for Workbrain, which was acquired by Infor in 2007.


Daniel is an early-stage investor in over 100 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 BA (Psych) 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.


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