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Daniel P. Gross


Daniel Gross

Programmer/computer person, tinkerer, avid learner and reader of broad topics (mostly nonfiction), big-picture thinker, ReactJS enthusiast.

Some things I value:

  • seeking and speaking truth so I can improve rather than just confirm what I already believe
  • the richness, depth, and uniqueness of each person
  • constructive challenges and growth rather than comfort
  • thoughtful, genuine, and precisely-worded communication

I began using computers at age 4, wrote my first program by age 8, and have been doing paid software development since age 16. Since then, I've worked as a software developer individually, as well as on small and large teams. I've delivered on technical freelance projects for more than a dozen clients across a wide range of industries.

After graduating from Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, I decided to join the exciting world of bioinformatics and computational biology. I started my career at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, where I worked on projects including websites for The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health and the NIH NCI Genomic Data Commons. From there, I moved to the Centre for Computational Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children where I worked on the open-source PhenoTips project to help clincians and researchers more effectively capture phenotypic data. I was invited from that role to join the spin-off startup company (called Gene42) that was helping spread adoption of PhenoTips in clinical settings around the world.

At PhenoTips (formerly Gene42), I led engineering efforts with a small but outstanding team developing and supporting software for clinical genetics, phenotyping, and genomics. In that role, I dove deep into the world of enterprise medical information technology used at hospitals and other large organizations, including standards like HL7 and FHIR. I got to know the worlds of medical research and software startups, two that usually don't go together.

2020 was a year of tremendous change for many of us, myself included. Following a long search with a few dead ends, I was very fortunate to find a good fit with the Shop team at Shopify, which I joined in the summer of 2020. This entailed many changes for me: healthcare to commerce, startup to giant, web to mobile development, office to digital by default. Shopify has much more soul than I ever imagined possible for a tech giant, and I'm proud to be a part of it. As a Development Manager, I spend my time building software (mobile development) and helping people around me grow.