Back in July, we caught wind of a stealthy startup called theAudience, which purported to be on a mission to help busy celebrities navigate the world of social media. Fittingly, the startup was a product of its own A-list roots, the result of a partnership between Napster, Plaxo and Airtime co-founder and founding president of Facebook, Sean Parker, and Hollywood superagent and William Morris co-CEO Ari Emanuel.
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Answering a question at AllThingsD, Sean Parker confirmed that “there was some indication” that Apple tried to keep Spotify out of the US market.
“There was some indication that that was happening,” Parker said, “It’s a very small industry in a lot of ways, certainly smaller than it was 12 years ago,” He joked.
You might not often connect Al Gore and Sean Parker, but the pair took the stage together this afternoon at South by Southwest, and they made similar points — that the democratic system has been broken by a flood of special interest money, and that the Internet could be the way to fix it.
“To the extent that these new mediums and new media are going to have a role in reforming politics, it’s going to happen because … those systems will make politics more efficient,” said Parker (who, in addition to his more famous roles at Napster and Facebook, is the co-founder of Causes, and also invested in political startups Votizen and NationBuilder). Specifically, he says the Internet could lower the barrier to entry into politics, so people could run effective campaigns without raising vast amounts of money.
Napster’s cofounder and an early Facebook booster, Parker has plans to disrupt politics, and still has gripes with the music industry.
For Google+ to unseat Facebook as social networking leader, Google would have to deliver a steady stream of innovations and Facebook would need to let its site deteriorate, Internet icon and Facebook shareholder Sean Parker said on Monday.