CEO and Founder of Spotify, technologist and serial entrepreneur.
Daniel Ek Biography
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).