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Daniel Ek      

Founder of Spotify

What makes Daniel Ek influential? It's not just that his company Spotify is revolutionizing the music business and giving artists the opportunity to recoup revenue once washed away by Internet piracy. It's not just that his platform is changing the way people discover, listen to and share music. And it's not just that he managed to build one of the most prolific teams in tech, in Stockholm, by age 29. It's that he is doing what he loves, doing it well and giving away all the credit.

Ek is a technologist who started his first company 1997 at the age of 14. Currently he is the CEO and founder of Spotify, a legal music service that helps people discover, browse and play music.

Spotify was founded as a reaction to the decline of the music industry. People listen to more music than ever, from a bigger diversity of artists. The underlying business has changed from being about ownership to an access model. Spotify facilitates that by offering a service in the cloud.

Prior to Spotify, Daniel was the initial CTO of Stardoll, the fashion & entertainment community for tweens. He was also the CEO of Torrent, the worlds most popular BitTorrent client with more than 100 million downloads. Daniel has also founded Advertigo, the advertising company acquired by TradeDoubler, as well as been a part of the nordic auction company Tradera (acquired by Ebay).

News


The future of music, according to Spotify's Daniel Ek | Internet ...

Your home's tunes controlled by a wave of the hand or a voice command? It could happen, and the big-thinking Swede believes his music service could be the ...

Spotify's Daniel Ek: I don't worry about Apple, Google | SXSW ...

As Google and others gear up to enter the streaming-music business, the Spotify founder says he's staying focused on bringing music to as many people as ...

Spotify Founder Daniel Ek Wanted to Create Something 'Better than ...

Daniel Ek, the 29-year-old founder of Spotify, wasn't inspired by Pandora or Facebook when it came to building his popular streaming and very-social music ...

Spotify's Daniel Ek on the Future of Music Streaming, Competing ...

If you're a business now and you're only on the PC, you're going to have some serious problems.” That's how Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek described the  ...

SXSW: Spotify's Daniel Ek Says the Ideal User Experience 'Is Not So ...

When a South By Southwest attendee is described as “perhaps the most relevant man" at the festival, it's no surprise that speaker can nearly fill a theater. Daniel ...

Spotify co-founder Ek says no intention to sell | Reuters

Daniel Ek, co-founder of Swedish music streaming service Spotify which has the biggest paid subscriber base in the world, said on Thursday he had no intention ...

Spotify's Daniel Ek on the New Swedish Millionaires - Bloomberg

Daniel Ek grew up a pirate. He was a young computing whiz who, like many Swedes of his generation, set his talents to swapping free files, music, and movies ...

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