81: Tobi Lütke, Shopify founder and CEO: Snowboards Don't Sell in Spring

 
 When business at his online snowboard shop slowed, Tobi Lütke founded Shopify to sell the technology behind the store instead.

When business at his online snowboard shop slowed, Tobi Lütke founded Shopify to sell the technology behind the store instead.

Tobi Lutke is the founder and CEO of Shopify, a public company worth 17 billion dollars. The shopping landscape is changing fast, with new tax laws, same-day delivery, in-store pickup and mobile payments adding new twists and capabilities all the time. Lutke, and Shopify, provide technology tools to simplify all that for merchants. 

I talked with Tobi recently at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square, as talk of tariffs and taxes are swirling. We talked about what's allowed Shopify's stock to double in a year, and how he went from a teenage German apprentice to a Canadian entrepreneur … who's now a billionaire on paper, by the way.