It’s Sean Parker Day today! The founder of Napster – the world’s first and fastest growing music file sharing network site of its time – unarguably the most controversial president of Facebook, the man who brought the music industry to its knees and threatened to destroy it forever, is celebrating his birthday today.
Sean enjoys 4% of the $100 billion worth of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) and has a net worth of $2.1 billion. Sean was instrumental in raising the initial funding for Facebook. Besides, he has also been appreciated for negotiating three board member seats out of five in Facebook, which has allowed Mark Zuckerberg to run Facebook with his own vision and style – till date.
As part of our new Tech B’Day series in which we celebrate the birthday of one popular public figure from the tech industry every day, today we are talking about Sean Parker :
Sean launched Napster in June 1999, an online file sharing service, credited for revolutionizing the music industry and blamed for disrupting it at the same time. Napster has been called the fastest growing business of all time as it had managed to attract tens of millions of users in no time. Later, Napster was shut down due to opposition by heavy weights of the U.S. music industry such as Recording Industry Association of America and music band Metallica, along with others. Todays’ version of iTunes is often referred to as the re-invented version of Napster.
Parker is suffering from Asthma. He is allergic to nuts and shellfish. To beat a sudden asthma attack, he has to carry Benadryl dissolving strips with him at all times.
Sean Parker was heavily criticized for an exorbitant expenditure of $9 million on his wedding. Sean booked the entire ultra-swank Ventana Inn in Big Sur, CA for the weekend to tie his knot with Alexandra Lenas on June 1, 2013.
Parker more or less admitted to the NewYork Times that he uses drugs.
In an interview to NewYork Times, Sean said, “”I am a believer in any method of mind expansion whether facilitated by meditation, religious experience or drug use. There is a value in using tools available to us, even if it is pharmacological in nature, if it expands the mind.”
Sean Parker has witnessed a lots of ups and downs on the legal front. At the age 16, he was charged for hacking into military and company computer networks. In 2005, Parker was arrested a second time for keeping cocaine at his rented house. At the time he was enjoying the position of the Founding President of Facebook.
Sean has always been a fantasy buff, in particular a devotee of high-fantasy.
Today Sean Parker contributes to various companies in different capacities. Besides, Napster he is also known for launching Plaxo in 2002, investing $15 million in Spotify, founding Airtime.com in 2011 with his Napster co-founder.
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