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Episode 129

Daniel Beauchamp

Virtual Reality @ Shopify. Eagle Scout of the Internet.

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Daniel Beauchamp is the Head of Virtual Reality at Shopify. Daniel has been passionate about technology and developing video games since his early teens. While taking an entrepreneurship class in university and realizing that he could build a company of his own, Daniel worked with classmates to build their first startup. After working on their startup for a bit, they eventually joined Shopify. Over the past 7 years, Daniel has been leading all kinds of projects and initiatives within the company, heading up the Internal Tools team and working on other projects like Open Data Ottawa. Daniel spent his spare time exploring VR technologies. He became so passionate about them that he decided he needed to be working on it full time. He then pitched Toby the CEO of Shopify on why they should be investing in VR and now heads up their team working on this exciting technology. Daniel joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, why he’s so passionate about VR, how he helped create Shopify VR, how he thinks about and sees the future of VR evolving, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Daniel got into startups
  • Learn more about how Daniel created the Shopify VR team
  • Learn more about why Daniel is so passionate about VR
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Daniel Beauchamp is the Head of Virtual Reality at Shopify.

Daniel has been passionate about technology and developing video games since his early teens.

While taking an entrepreneurship class in university and realizing that he could build a company of his own, Daniel worked with classmates to build their first startup.

After working on their startup for a bit, they eventually joined Shopify. Over the past 7 years, Daniel has been leading all kinds of projects and initiatives within the company, heading up the Internal Tools team and working on other projects like Open Data Ottawa.

Daniel spent his spare time exploring VR technologies. He became so passionate about them that he decided he needed to be working on it full time.

He then pitched Toby the CEO of Shopify on why they should be investing in VR and now heads up their team working on this exciting technology.

Daniel joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, why he’s so passionate about VR, how he helped create Shopify VR, how he thinks about and sees the future of VR evolving, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:55
Where are you from and what did you study?

4:45
So continuing on that path, out of school you ended up launching a startup called Avitu. Can you tell us a bit more about this company and what motivated you to start it?

8:55
So you ended up joining Shopify as one of their first 30 or so employees. Can you tell us a bit more about what it was like joining them at that stage?

11:06
So you helped create a cool open-source product called Dashing and then later helped start a group called Open Data Ottawa. So can you tell us more about both of these projects and why you got involved in both?

18:16
So today, you’re the Head of Virtual Reality at Shopify. How you ended up being a part of the VR team?

22:27
How did you approach building the platform? What is it about VR and e-commerce that has you so excited?

31:56
Where do you think the VR industry in general is headed and what’s next for Shopify VR?

37:14
What does your day-to-day role there look like?

38:31
What are some of the most recent apps or VR apps that you’ve downloaded or used?

43:30
Do you have any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

46:43
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Daniel Beauchamp on Twitter
Shopify on Twitter
Shopify on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

VR x Commerce
The Lab
Climbey
Web VR
The Black Box of Product Management

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