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).
Editor’s Note: Editor’s Note: Mahbod Moghadam is a co-founder of Genius (formerly Rap Genius). The opinions expressed in this piece are solely his own.
In the early days of Everipedia, the first page that started getting a lot of random traffic was Ajit Nazre’s. Weird right? Ajit Nazre, in case you don’t remember, is the Kleiner Perkins partner who was hitting skins with Ellen Pao and made her feel super uncomfortable, leading to her lawsuit against the shady-ass VC firm.
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal wrote this hit piece on Theranos, basically saying that Theranos is a hoax. The main accusations, mainly coming from former Theranos employees, it seems, are that Theranos uses a lot of other companies’ testing machines and that Theranos’s own proprietary testing technologies are inaccurate.
First off, interviewing a bunch of laid-off employees about a relatively new company is not good reporting. Of course they are going to talk shit. They got laid off! I am guessing Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes did not give them enough hush money, or maybe they used a poorly-drafted severance agreement — but honestly, is that the way we ought to be judging a company? By how well it can control its bad hiring decisions after they are out of the door?
I beef with my co-founders now, but I have to admit — they taught me some valuable things. Ilan Zechory was the first person who ever told me that the internet was going to blow up. This was in 2005. For those of you who don’t remember those times, let me explain to you: Facebook did not exist. Can you imagine? My Everipedia co-founders do not remember such a time.
When Ilan was living in L.A. writing for “Deadwood,” I would sometimes go to his Venice apartment where he was cooped up playing Party Poker online, and he would bemoan: “Ah! I have the whole internet right here at my fingertips and I don’t know what to do with it! So frustrating!”
Editor’s Note: Mahbod Moghadam is a co-founder of Genius (formerly Rap Genius). The opinions expressed in this piece are solely his own.
There are two kinds of people in this world — those who can take a joke, and those who blow even the smallest things they don’t understand out of proportion … Okay, not totally out of proportion, but you won’t not be able to smirk and shake your head at how ridiculous some humans of the internet can be.
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.
We all dream of getting a chance to work that dream job right out of college- I know I would have killed to intern for someone like Kanye West. Some students do get that lucky though and we had the chance to talk with a couple of interns for Rap Genius founder Mahbod Moghadam. We bet you’ll be jealous when you read how they live and work.
Mahbod is known as the most controversial Rap Genius founder because of his crazy antics that started beef with the likes of Warren Buffett as well as Rap Genius’s recent bout with Google. Recently coming out of surgery for a brain tumor, Mahbod now works to extend Rap Genius’s arms into the poetry game, simply known as Poetry Genius.