Gabriel Kuhn and Daniel Patry are two very different men. One grew up in the suburbs of Michigan, while the other spent his formative years in Sydney, Australia. One lived his entire life as a devout Catholic, while the other lost his faith in high school. They became friends when they were both attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, yet they couldn’t be more dissimilar from one another—and that’s what makes their friendship so special. Their differences compliment each other, allowing them to learn about new perspectives and experience life from an entirely different viewpoint than their own.
How they met
Daniel had been a fan of Gabriel’s work for years and when he heard that his favorite artist was coming to the area, he wanted to make sure that they met. So, he invited him to his house for dinner without telling him that it would be just the two of them. When they met in person, they immediately connected over their shared love for art. As Gabriel put it, Daniel is one of the few people who gets me. It was at this point that Daniel came up with the idea to give up his career as an architect in order to collaborate with Gabriel full-time.
What they have in common
Gabriel Kuhn and Daniel Patry is a successful entrepreneur with an Ivy League education, while Daniel Patry is a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks.
Despite their differences, they found common ground in the idea that the best way to help those who are struggling is by making it more difficult for those who are not.
Daniel was one of only six students out of his entire high school graduating class to pursue higher education, while Gabriel had already built multiple successful companies before he even graduated college.
Their different backgrounds
Gabriel Kuhn and Daniel Patry were born in Lima, Peru, to a Peruvian mother and a German father. He moved to the United States at age three.
Daniel Patry was born in Argentina to Polish-Catholic parents. He learned about his Jewish heritage from his maternal grandmother, who would tell him stories about their ancestors’ escape from persecution in Poland.
How they help each other
Gabriel Kuhn and Daniel Patry have been friends for years. They’re friends because they have many interests in common, including a love for cooking, good wine, and sports. The two met at a party in 2007 when they realized that they were wearing the same vintage Lacoste polo shirt from the 1980s. They instantly became friends over their shared apDaniel had been a fan of Gabriel’s work for years and when he heard that his favorite artist was coming to the area, he wanted to make sure that they met.preciation for classic clothes.
Gabriel was born in 1977 to an American mother and a Polish father who had immigrated to the United States.
What their friendship means to them
Daniel has been my best friend for over 10 years. We met through a mutual friend when we were both in high school. He’s the only person I know who is as into video games as I am, which makes him the perfect person to talk to about game ideas. His input on the design of our studio’s first release was invaluable and he knows me better than anyone else. In this way, he’s more than just a partner. He cares deeply about what happens to me and I’m equally invested in his success.