Tag: daniel ek
Daniel Ek on Spotify’s past, present and future
Speaking on the Freakonomics Podcast (which handily also transcribed the interview), Daniel Ek, Spotify’s co-founder and CEO, spoke at length about the streaming service’s history, its future plans and its relationship...
April 11, 2019
Spotify CEO talks Apple battle: from price rises to ping-pong
By now you’ll hopefully have seen our alert this morning about Apple’s response to Spotify’s anti-trust complaint about its App Store policies. But Spotify CEO Daniel Ek also talked about the complaint yesterday,...
March 15, 2019
Daniel Ek ‘would have killed’ Discover Weekly before launch
We reported on Fast Company’s profile of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek yesterday, but the magazine’s website has since posted a longer transcript of its interviews with Ek. One of the illuminating anecdotes about Spotify’s...
August 8, 2018
Spotify CEO sees ‘a lot of room to grow’ with ad-funded tier
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has given a rare interview, to Fast Company, in which he manages with aplomb to swerve any controversial statements that might make Spotify’s music licensors cross. Ek does talk up the potential...
August 7, 2018
Daniel Ek: Spotify could have been six months from death in 2013
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn’t do that many public interviews, so his appearance at the Slush conference in Helsinki today to talk about his company, the music industry and tech entrepreneurship was notable. Ek took part...
November 30, 2016
The significance of Spotify’s 40m subscribers milestone
While much of the music industry’s attention was on Brussels yesterday as the European Commission announced its proposal for copyright reform, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek offered a powerful distraction by announcing his company’s...
September 15, 2016
“Did Daniel Ek just say that Spotify is buying SoundCloud?” No.
The dopamine hit from clickbait headlines will do for us all at some point. Nordic Business Insider has picked up on an interview with Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek on TV4 in his homeland of Sweden and suggested that, “reading...
August 17, 2016
Spotify reaches 100m active users milestone
Spotify has timed its long-anticipated ‘100m active users’ announcement well: just ahead of CEO Daniel Ek’s appearance at the advertising industry’s Cannes Lions conference. That means the streaming service can enthuse...
June 21, 2016
Spotify CEO won’t sell as his company criticises Apple
Spotify is having a week in the headlines for various reasons. Besides our piece yesterday on its axed plan to premium-window the new Radiohead album, there were two more stories on the company’s long-term exit strategy,...
June 10, 2016
Spotify now has 30m paying subscribers
Spotify has reached a new milestone: 30 million paying subscribers, having added 10 million in the last nine months. The announcement was unorthodox: rather than a press release or blog post, chief executive Daniel Ek tweeted...
March 21, 2016
Spotify CEO says Apple, Google, Amazon ‘don’t like partnering’
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn’t do many interviews, but he spent a fair amount of time yesterday answering questions on Q&A site Quora in one of its “sessions” – its equivalent to Reddit’s Ask Me Anything interviews. Among...
February 17, 2016
Daniel Ek says Taylor Swift boosted Spotify profile in US
Spotify’s high-profile dispute with Taylor Swift had a silver lining in terms of raising awareness of the streaming service in the US, according to CEO Daniel Ek. “The middle of America found out what Spotify was, so...
September 29, 2015