Smule: CONNECTING THE WORLD THROUGH MUSIC™
Music is more than just listening — music also includes creating, sharing, discovering, participating and connecting. Music is the original social network, with the power to break down barriers, touch souls, and bring people from all over the world together.
When we started in 2008, Smule was just a company with a fun name and a big dream. We wanted to bring music back to its roots and empower anyone to join in. Today, we’re a vibrant, global community of music lovers where millions of people across the world come together each day to share their passion for music, make new friends, cheer each other on, and simply have fun.
If you love music, wake up humming, play a mean air guitar, can’t stop singing in the shower, or dream of rocking out in a punk ukulele band, join us. Who knows, you might just find your harmonious doppelganger or melodic twin separated at birth. Anyone can do it. No previous experience required.
Let’s music together.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Smith, CEO and Co-Founder Linkedin
Jeff started Smule in June of 2008 with a vision to bring music back to its roots as a creative, participatory medium. For the past twenty-six years, Jeff has led businesses he co-founded, including Envoy (acquired by Novell '92), Tumbleweed (NASDAQ IPO '99), Simplify Media (acquired by Google '10), and Smule. His mother was his first piano teacher; she taught him to play when he was four. Jeff continued his piano studies while getting a BS in Computer Science at Stanford University ('89), eventually returning to earn a PhD in Computer based Music and Acoustics from Stanford ('13). Jeff continues to perform and compose works for piano. Jeff started his career after college as an engineer in AI at IBM's Scientific Center in Palo Alto and went on to serve as a software architect at Frame (Adobe Systems).
First Smule favorite: Twilight of the Thunder God
All time repeat: Barbie Girl
Bill Bradford, President Linkedin
With over 25 years of experience building high tech businesses, Bill is responsible for revenue, operations, marketing, bus dev & artist production. Bill was previously co-founder/CEO of Simplify Media (acquired by Google) and co-founder/COO of Thuuz Sports, following stints at Adobe, Connectix and Tumbleweed. Bill enjoys playing the bass with his family band and graduated from Stanford University.
First Smule favorite: You're Welcome!
All time repeat: Camarote
Chris Hollenbeck, Chief Financial Officer Linkedin
Chris joined Smule in early 2017 to lead the finance group and support the business as it connects more people in more places through the power of music. Prior to his role as CFO, Chris was a Partner at Granite Ventures for 20 years, including 8 years on Smule's Board of Directors. Chris's musical talents primarily revolve around singing along with 70's and 80s rock and pop. He graduated from Stanford University with a BA in American Studies.
First Smule favorite: Take Me to Church
All time repeat: Flashlight
Sharon Segev, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer Linkedin
Sharon enjoys building highly effective teams that navigate together to achieve strategic goals while combining excellence and creativity. At Smule, she manages the business affairs and legal focus areas, including talent and culture. Sharon spent the last 20 years in both legal and strategic roles, leading technology companies through a business oriented approach, including most recently as EVP, General Counsel at LifeLock (acquired by Symantec). She started her career as an associate in international law firms such as Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Sharon was first mixing music using a double cassette recorder and translated it to backstage singing later on. She holds dual degrees in law and accounting from Tel-Aviv University.
First Smule favorite: No Easy Way
All time repeat: Play That Song
Mary Yang, Chief Product Officer Linkedin
As the leader of Smule’s product and engineering organization, Mary defines the vision and roadmap for Smule’s platform and portfolio. Prior to joining Smule, Mary co-founded the U.S. incubator of Renren and launched two social mobile apps. When not running product teams, Mary serves in her church teaching bible and hymns to young people. Mary holds a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tsinghua University.
First Smule favorite: Call Me Maybe
All time repeat: Come with Me Now
Eric Dumas, CTO & General Manager Bulgaria Linkedin
Eric brings 15 years of experience in highly challenging operational, business and technological areas. At Smule, Eric is responsible (among other things) to ensure our technology enables our users to have a great experience around the world, focus on our operations and information security, as well as to create and to lead our second office located in Europe. Eric has held various positions in France, USA, Japan, Bulgaria as VP Engineering, GM, CTO, COO for various US and European software B2B or B2C companies including Tumbleweed and PostPath. He was most recently CEO of Vayant Travel Technologies (acquired by PROS). He holds a MS in Computer Science from the University of Bordeaux and has been spending so much time on a plane that he is convinced music is making long halls shorter.