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SoundCloud hires Yahoo’s Artem Fishman

By | Published on Friday 13 January 2017


SoundCloud has announced two new executive appointments. Which is impressive for a company that recently admitted that it might run out of money soon. That said, one of them is a new job for co-founder Eric Wahlforss, so reduce your gasping to level four.

The new dude is Artem Fishman, who was previously VP Of Engineering at Yahoo. So I guess moving to SoundCloud is something of a step towards greater security. He’ll take up the dual roles of Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President Engineering at the streaming service.

Wahlforss, meanwhile, has been made Chief Product Officer, a role newly created just for him, in which he will attempt to make both streamers and creators happier SoundCloud users. Warm glows all round, I say.

His first job in his new role was to big up Fishman, saying: “Artem is a seasoned engineering executive who brings with him a wealth of experience and a positive, collaborative mindset. We’re delighted he will be joining SoundCloud as our new Chief Technology Officer, which is a key role as we continue to innovate and grow”.

“Fishman has a keen interest in deep technical details and data-driven approaches which, alongside his leadership skills and passion for our product, will be of real benefit to the engineering organisation”, he continued.

CEO Alex Lujung added: “SoundCloud is a truly unique platform in the music streaming space. We have ambitious goals to further innovate the user experience for our connected community of creators, curators and listeners, and as we enter into this next stage of growth, Eric and I felt it was important to bring in a senior leader to oversee engineering, to allow Eric to have laser focus on leading and aligning the exciting product initiatives we have slated to launch later this year”.

SoundCloud, of course, is ideally still looking for a buyer to assure its future, talks with Spotify recently having fallen flat. Google has been posited as a possible new owner of late. Whoever takes it on, I hope they hurry up, because it would be a real ball ache if SoundCloud suddenly went offline.