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Wanstead High School 1990

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Shakil Khan

Shak is Head of Special Projects at Spotify, where he is personal advisor to founder and CEO Daniel Ek. He has had a number of online businesses in the UK since 2000 and was part of the founding team at which was acquired by AOL and recently founded CoinDesk, a Bitcoin news site.

Shak has done extensive volunteer work as an ambassador for charity: water, having helped raise millions of dollars for clean and safe drinking water. He is also a keen supporter and friend of Pencils of Promise, who build schools for those most in need.

Having lived in China, Shak speaks Chinese (as well as English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Danish) and currently divides his time between London, San Francisco, New York and airport lounges.

Shak is an investor in SecondMarket, Top10, BlackJet, Spotify, DueDil and Bitpay. Shak was also an investor and mentor to Nick D’Aloisio who built and sold Summly, a news curation app that was sold to Yahoo in March this year.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
YPlan 6/2013Series A$12M10
Quill 5/2013Seed$1.5M8
Skift 5/2013Seed$1.1M13
DueDil 4/2013Series A$5M4
BitPay 1/2013Seed$510k8
BlackJet 10/2012Venture Round$2.14M29



  1. With $12M Burning A Hole In Its Pocket, London’s YPlan Wants New York To Be More Socially Spontaneous ( [edit]
  2. Quill raises $1.5m from Ariadne Capital and angels to bolster its content creation platform ( [edit]
  3. PaidContent Founder Rafat Ali Raises Another $1.1M For Skift, His Site For Travel News And Data ( [edit]
  4. Duedil rakes in $5M for its open data-powered due diligence services ( [edit]
  5. BitPay Banks $510K In Investment To Become PayPal for Bitcoin, Already Has 2,100 Businesses On Board ( [edit]
  6. Uber Co-Founder Garrett Camp Launches BlackJet, The “Uber For Private Jets” ( [edit]
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