Special Backstage Intro: Meet co-founder Martin!

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Hey, you! It's me!

It's time for a brand new Backstage Intro! And this time, with a very special person! 

Meet Spotify's co-founder and chairman; Martin Lorentzon!

 

Hey there, Martin. Nice to meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am the co-founder and the chairman of Spotify. As the chairman I lead the board work of the company, for example to handle the vision and the overall goals. When I don't work I will do a lot of sports like squash, paddle tennis, floor ball, MTB, skiing and running. I also do some gaming in our brand new gaming room and the favourite games right now are Hearthstone, Diablo III and Counterstrike.

 

What music are you into?
I more or less listen to everything! Every genre has its pros and cons, and music is really for everyone. One of our mantras is "Everyone loves music!". Right now I am very much into Mexican classical guitar, hardcore rock and rough and tough techno! It can sound like:
2 lovely Mexican guitar players - Diablo Rojo - Rodrigo y Gabriela
Hardcore rock from UK - Destabilise - Enter Shikari
Rough and tough from Berlin - Techno Rock (Fettes Geschmeide Cut) - Heiko & Maiko

Martin Lorentzon

 

What do you love most about Spotify the company?
I think our company culture and the people are the best. We have so much fun together! Every office feels like a playground!

 

How does your day at the Spotify Office look like as co-founder?
I work a lot together with our CEO Daniel Ek. It feels like we have a board meeting every day.


Desert Island Discs (stolen from the radio show of the same name): if you lived on a desert island, what eight records would you bring?
That is a tough question. Almost impossible to answer. But here is at least 8 great songs:
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
One (Your Name) feat. Pharrell - Swedisch House Maffia
Adagio In G Minor - Tomaso Albinoni
Over The Hills And Far Away - Gary Moore
Painted Black (Syntone Remix) - Alex Fakey
Tamacún - Rodrigo y Gabriela
Chandelier - Sia
Faded - Zhu


If there's one thing you've learnt from founding Spotify, what is it?
Motivation always beats skills. The business idea is 3% and execution is 97%. That's why motivation is so important!


Thanks for taking time to share your moments. Before we go, what joke always makes you laugh?
Jokes with suits and masks are always great.

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Even I was surprised! Well done @MichaelW Great questions!

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Well done @MichaelW 🙂

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Great interview! 

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Interesting read @MichaelW !

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