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How I Got Here: Salesforce Rypple's Daniel Debow

Daniel Debow is vice president of Salesforce Rypple, a web-based social performance management platform.
Daniel Debow is vice president of Salesforce Rypple, a web-based social performance management platform. Source: Rypple

A few months before earning his JD/MBA from the University of Toronto in 2000, Daniel Debow was offered a coveted consulting position with Boston Consulting Group. After some deliberation, he turned down the job. Instead he decided to help a friend write a business plan, thus launching a career in startups. Debow’s degrees are atypical of an entrepreneur: a BA in psychology from the University of Western Ontario, a JD/MBA from Toronto, and a Master of Laws from Stanford. In the 12 years since he earned his MBA, both companies he helped launch have been acquired. He now serves as vice president of Salesforce Rypple, a position he took after his company, Rypple, was purchased in February by Salesforce.com. As part of Bloomberg Businessweek’s “How I Got Here” series, Kate Abbott spoke with Debow about his experience in the world of startups. What follows is the story of Debow’s career progression, in his own words. (Some quotes have been edited for space and clarity.)

Name: Daniel Debow
Current Position: Vice President, Salesforce Rypple
Education: JD/MBA University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and Rotman School of Management, 2000