The Mixcloud Story
Mixcloud is a young internet radio company based in London, near Old street in the heart of the "Silicon Roundabout". It was founded in 2008 by 4 friends from Cambridge University, connected by their love for radio, problem solving and building exciting new projects.
It was through this intersection of interests that the Engineering and Mathematics graduates realised there's a big internet problem that needed fixing: that of connecting radio shows, DJ mixes and Podcasts to listeners. All these forms of content offer a very similar listening experience - a "Cloudcast" - that is curated by a human enthusiast or expert.
In the words of the team: "That's the important bit - we've always discovered great new things through people we respect, so we want to help guide listeners to those people more easily".
Mixcloud believes in simplicity, enjoyable user experience, and great Cloudcasts for everyone!
Cutting edge R&D and Investment
Mixcloud is in the rare position of not having taken equity investment as a startup. The company was funded intitially by the founders and adopted the "lean startup" approach. Today it is wholly by owned and operated by the team. Mixcloud has been awarded two grants by the Technology Strategy Board. They are working in collaboration with the UK Radio Player (BBC & Commercial radio partnership), Imagination Technologies and Reciva. Mixcloud has also worked with the Queen Mary University Centre for Digital Music on a Creative Industries Fast Track R&D project.
Mixcloud is committed to supporting artists contained in Cloudcasts which contain music, and has an objective to provide a superior legal alternative to file sharing. As such, Mixcloud is fully licensed by SoundExchange, PRS for Music and the PPL, and all playback of copyrighted songs contained within the tracklists/chapters on the site are reported so that the correct licensing royalties can be attributed to the artists.
Mat Clayton (aka The Daddy) is ludicrously good at building web apps, and even better, likes to build things quickly. He's got lots of experience with social media apps and knows Django inside out.
Matt Rawson (aka Flash DJ!) is the prince of Flash and ActionScript 3. As well as being an awesome tech house DJ, he's very good at building powerful, easy-to-use and lovely looking Flash widgets.
Ben charms people into working with Mixcloud (and sometimes giving us money). He has a background in student radio and a love for bass music, 2 pretty essential criteria for being on the Mixcloud team.
Theo loves keeping the opinionated Mixcloud team members on track at meetings. He has a degree from Cambridge University, and now enjoys web development and ice cream.
Yavor is a web-designer, front-end developer & passionate snowboarder from Bulgaria. Crafting pixels and coding sexy buttons, he is contributing to Mixcloud's look and feel.
With 2 stints at Apple in California under his belt, Stu is an iOS rockstar developer. He handles Mixcloud's mobile push and helps make those long bus rides a little bit better.
Simultaneously joined the Brand Partnerships team and increased the Mixcloud female population by 100%. Best described in 6 words: music loving, vodka drinking Spurs fan.