Shawn Fanning Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Professionals
  • 1


  • Investments
  • 12

  • Portfolio
  • 2

  • Exits
  • 9


Shawn Fanning General Information


Mr. Shawn Fanning is an Angel Investor. He Founded and served as Chief Executive Officer at Rupture. He is known most famously for having created one of the first peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks known as Napster. In 2003 Fanning and two business partners created Snocap. Having to fire over 60% of its employees by 2007 the project was a failure prompting Fanning's departure. In 2007 Shawn Fanning became the CEO of Rupture, quickly gaining the attention of Electronic Arts and being bought out for $15 million. In 2009 however Fanning was fired from the company. Currently he is the one of the founders of and valued at around $7.5 million.

Business Details

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Corporate Office
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States

Shawn Fanning Investments (12)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Sproutling 27-Jan-2015 Seed Round 00.000 Monitoring Equipment Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
SonicEnergy 22-Oct-2014 00000 00000 000.00 Electrical Equipment Out of Business 00000 0000000
Nova Labs 01-Oct-2014 00000 00000 0000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
SonicEnergy 10-Jul-2012 0000 00000 00.00 Electrical Equipment Out of Business 00000 0000000
Pose (Internet Retail) 11-Jan-2011 00000 00000 00.000 Internet Retail Out of Business 00000 0000000
Uber 22-Sep-2010 0000 00000 00.000 Application Software Profitable 00000 0000000
BranchOut 15-Sep-2010 00000 00000 000 Human Capital Services Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
Wavii 23-Jul-2010 0000 00000 000 Information Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 00000 0000000
Beatlab (Entertainment Software) 14-May-2010 Angel (individual) 0000 Entertainment Software Out of Business 00000 0000000
Block 12-Jan-2010 Early Stage VC 0000 Financial Software Profitable 00000 0000000

Shawn Fanning Exits (9)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
SonicEnergy 05-Feb-2024 Out of Business
Beatlab (Entertainment Software) 12-Dec-2021 000 00 00000000
Uber 10-May-2019 000 00.00
Sproutling 01-Jan-2016 000000000000000000 00.00
Block 19-Nov-2015 000 00000
Pose (Internet Retail) 01-Oct-2015 000 00 00000000
BranchOut 26-Nov-2014 000000000000000000 00.00
Wavii 23-Apr-2013 Merger/Acquisition 0000
SimpleGeo 31-Oct-2011 Merger/Acquisition 00.00

Shawn Fanning Investments by Industry, Year, and Region

Investments by Industry

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Shawn Fanning Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Shawn Fanning Angel Investor 00 San Francisco, CA

Shawn Fanning FAQs

  • Who is Shawn Fanning?

    Shawn Fanning is an angel Investor who has made 12 investments.

  • What kind of investor is Shawn Fanning?

    Shawn Fanning is an angel investor.

  • What does Shawn Fanning do?

    As an angel investor, Shawn Fanning invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • What has Shawn Fanning invested in?

    Shawn Fanning has made numerous investments in companies like Sproutling, SonicEnergy, and Nova Labs within the Monitoring Equipment, Electrical Equipment, and Business/Productivity Software industries.

  • What has Shawn Fanning invested in recently?

    Shawn Fanning's latest investment was on 27-Jan-2015 in Sproutling, a company within the Monitoring Equipment industry.

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