Officially, Mahbod Moghadam is a co-founder of Genius (formerly Rap Genius), a fast-growing annotation startup that raised $40 million at a valuation of under $1 billion in 2014. Most recently, he’s the co-founder of startup Everipedia.
Unofficially, he’s a guy who will say and do whatever is needed to get your attention, including telling Mark Zuckerberg to suck his dick, saying he will suck Zuck’s dick and doing an interview completely naked. But who cares, right? This guy is worth $40 million (at least according to his Everipedia page).
If tech had an official soundtrack, it would be hip-hop. The idea of making something out of nothing is at the core of both entrepreneurship and hip-hop. Both tap into the promise of the American Dream we all have buried within us.
Enter The Phat Startup, a media company that unites those two in a very real way. Founded in 2011 by James Lopez and Anthony Frasier, The Phat Startup has managed to distinguish themselves in an online mess of buzzword stew and clichéd content by creating real content and dropping real knowledge. They’ve had some pretty legendary interviews with people like Ben Horowitz, Gary Vaynerchuck, Alexis Ohanian and James Altucher. The great thing about them is that all their content is super accessible — rather than delving into complicated theory, they provide content and advice that anyone, from any background, rich or poor, white or black, can relate to and understand.
There are many different types of entrepreneurs- there are tech entrepreneurs, online entrepreneurs, and then there are rockstar entrepreneurs like Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam. You’ve probably come across Rap Genius at some point, whether you are looking up lyrics to songs or you are reading the crazy antics Mahbod has said about billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett. When he’s not hanging out with his favorite rappers like Gucci Mane, Kanye West and Nas, Mahbod is busy being the loudest and most disruptive entrepreneur on the internet.