Smule's mission is to connect the world through music.
We believe that music is much more than just listening— it's about creating, sharing, discovering, participating, and connecting with people. It is the original social network with the power to break down barriers, touch souls and bring people together from all over the world.
In 2008, we set out to create apps that enabled anyone to create, discover, love and enjoy music. Today, 1.5 % of the world's population (that's 125 million people and counting) have used Smule's apps. And they are creating communities, meeting new like-minded friends, and having fun making music together on Smule.
So if you wake up humming, play a mean air guitar or anything in between, then Smule is for you―anyone can do it, no previous experience required.
Interested in creating social music experiences? Check out our job openings here.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Smith, CEO and Co-Founder Linkedin
Jeff started his career as a software engineer at IBM's Scientific Research Center in Palo Alto, and after writing software for several companies, eventually cofounded a consumer business in electronic publishing that he sold to Novell/WordPerfect. Jeff took his second company public on the Nasdaq ('TMWD'), which he grew from inception to several thousand enterprise customers. Jeff's third company, which he cofounded and where he assumed a non-operating role as a board member, was acquired by Google/Android. Jeff co-founded Smule while pursuing a Ph.D in Computer Music at Stanford and serves as the CEO and Chairman of the Board. He recently completed his Ph.D., “Correlation analyses of encoded music performance”, where he documented cultural differences of music performance interpretation. Jeff previously received a B.S. in Computer Science at Stanford University. He has co-authored twenty-seven patents. You can learn more about Jeff's music on his blog.
Sunil Pareenja, Chief Financial Officer Linkedin
Sunil Pareenja is the Chief Financial Officer at Smule where he manages the finance, legal, human resources, and real estate functions. Sunil has significant experience in corporate acquisitions, international operations, public company reporting and compliance, raising capital, and helping scale technology companies. Prior to Smule, Sunil lead finance teams at Engine Yard, Inc. and Tumbleweed Communications Corp. and previously worked at Hewlett-Packard Company and Arthur Andersen LLP. Sunil is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and holds a BA in Business Economics from UCLA, and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
Jeannie Yang, Chief Product & Design Officer Linkedin
As Chief Design Officer, Jeannie guides Smule's projects from concept through completion. Prior to joining Smule, she worked at Yahoo! where she helped start up their first social media research lab, as well as launched 7 public research prototypes and 3 public web services. At Yahoo! Brickhouse, she assisted in the launch of the first open location brokering platform, Fire Eagle. Jeannie joined Smule in 2010 after realizing her passion lies in startups and helping make things happen with small teams that dream big. Concurrently, Jeannie is a house music DJ. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Information from UC Berkeley.
Zhongling "Alex" Li, Chief Technology Officer Linkedin
Alex defines technical strategy and leads the engineering efforts to create innovative products. Since 2011, he transformed and scaled Smule engineering, also architected Smule Nation Platform, a highly scalable social music service across mobile and web. Previously, Alex was the VP of Engineering at Booyah, where his team built the server platform from scratch and delivered several mass-market mobile and Facebook games. Prior to Booyah, Alex designed and implemented several Jasper Wireless' mission critical infrastructure services as Principal Architect; he also was the key member in Kijiji and My eBay projects as Staff Software Engineer at eBay. Alex received a M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University, and a B.S. double major in Computer Application and English from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Bill Bradford, Chief Growth Officer Linkedin
Bill is responsible for revenue and strategic partnerships. This is Bill's second stint in the music technology space. He was CEO & co-founder of Simplify Media, a popular iPhone music streaming app acquired by Google in 2010 (now Google Play Music). Bill was also COO & co-founder at Thuuz Sports, a start-up revolutionizing sports entertainment. He held various roles at Tumbleweed Communications, including VP Corp/Bus Dev and VP Marketing, after stints at Adobe and Connectix. Bill received a BA with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University. He enjoys playing Polynesian music with his wife and 4 children and coaching youth rugby.