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FC: Shawn Fanning By: Trevor Eaton

2: Personal Background | Shawn was born on November 22, 1980. He was born in Brockton, Massachusetts but currently lives in San Francisco, California.

3: Shawn had eight brothers and sisters and grew up in a struggling irish community. He worked summers at his uncles, John Fanning's Internet Company, While working there he spent most of his time writing programs for Napster.

4: Personal Background Cont. | After graduating from Harwich High School, Shawn attended Boston's Northeastern University, later to drop out his next year. No spouse

5: His personality traits portray him as being the type of person that does not really care about his employees. For example will he was working on a new media outlet called Snocap, Shawn had reportedly left the company months before they laid of 60% of there staff, not telling anyone either.

6: Business Ventures | Shawn had started multiple companies when he first jumped into the entrepreneur business. His most famous being Napster. Napster is a program that makes it easy to download music. The problem with this is that people are able to share music freely..

7: ..and this is where the lawsuits began. Napster was later shut down do to to many lawsuits. His next would be Snocap. What the company wanted to do was to become a legitimate digital media marketplace..

8: Business Ventures Cont. | ..The company from the get go was not very strong. With poor customer support and more technical issues then they could handle it was only a matter of time before the company went under.

9: His next business would be something called Rupture. This was a way for gamers of the World of Warcraft game to publish gamers profiles on the web for others to see. This company was later sold to EA for 15 million dollars

10: Business Ventures Cont | Shawn's final business which is still currently up and running is something called Path. It is basically a was to document your life in video. Recently the CEO of Facebook stepped down to join Shawn.

12: Business Ventures Cont | All of the business's that Shawn started were based out of San Fransisco, but the only on remaining, Napster, is based out of LA. All of the companies but Napster did not have any type of information as far as employees and revenue..

13: ..but clearly they did not have enough because they are all not up any running anymore. Napster makes in revenue 111.3 million dollars and has close to 140 employees working for Napster.

14: Social Responsiblity | Over all I don't think that Shawn had some massive impact on the world. Although I do think that he did teach entrepreneurs what not to do when starting businesses.

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