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BirthplaceBrockton, MA


Current Companies

Founder and CEO
Co-Founder, Board of Directors
Founding Advisor
CEO & Co-Founder

Former Companies

Founder, CTO
GM, Rupture

Web Presences


Photo Credit

Shawn Fanning

Shawn Fanning created Napster in 1998 while attending Northeastern University.

Fanning has since founded SNOCAP, a B2B Music Distributor, in 2002, and Rupture, an MMORPG social network in 2006. Both companies were sold in 2008 — SNOCAP to imeem, and Rupture to Electronic Arts.

Since leaving Electronic Arts, Fanning co-founded Path.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Sproutling 9/2013Seed$2.6M7
uBeam 4/2013Debt$1.37M4
Uber 10/2010Angel$1.25M15
BranchOut 9/2010Series A$6M17
Wavii 7/2010Seed$2M11
SimpleGeo 11/2009Seed$1.47M15
Square 11/2009Series A$10M19



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