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A self-taught designer and photographer, Daniel co-founded Shopify, where he now manages the company's culture and design as Chief Design Officer.

He loves playing soccer, and walking his three-legged elephant on the Rideau Canal. When he’s not chilling at Shopify’s playful Elgin Street office, Daniel can be found in his kitchen cooking Currywurst and split-pea soup.

He is also a lover of all animals and is providing shelter to two. Poofie, one of his cats is convinced that he is a dog. Poofie likes to play fetch and serenading in the middle of the night or whenever Daniel plays the piano.

Born in Germany, Daniel studied computer science and music at the University of Dortmund. About a decade ago, he moved to Canada eh.

On photography

As a published fashion & beauty photographer, I have amassed an abundance of experience inside and outside the studio working with and for top international agencies.

I shoot clean. I shoot gritty. I capture any mood on film or digital. Working with people and letting their personalities influence me is the greatest, as emotions are the most powerful way of telling a story in a single frame.

“The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be.”  ― Alain de Botton

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