How it started

Our story

Finding good new music is hard. Gen-Z's and Millenials live busy lives and want a quick and entertaining way to find & share new music with friends.

Over the years of listening to their favorite artists and struggling to find a social-music experience, Max Goldberg and Steven Segel created HotDrop as Juniors at Indiana University. Within 2 weeks of launch, HotDrop helped users discover 1 million new songs.

Founders

We have climbed a long way, and the journey is just getting started.

Max Goldberg
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Max Goldberg
Steven Segel
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Steven Segel

HotDrop is a musical democracy. We make it incredibly easy and fun to find great new music and artists. Whether you are an avid music enthusiast or someone who just needs to freshen up their playlists, HotDrop will empower you to enhance your musical experience.

Our core mission from the start has been simple: How can we help independent artists get noticed? By swiping on songs, users are choosing the mainstream artists of tomorrow. Let's make HotDrop the platform of choice for aspiring artists: Together WE can be the change.

Board

Advised by experts

Our advisory board is filled with music enthusiasts who share our vision for building disruptive mobile platforms. Combined, they have over 150 years of start-up and music-industry experience.

If you are interested in HotDrop and would like to learn more about investment opportunities, please contact us at invest@hotdrop.com

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Michael Hackel
Complex Business Models and Platforms
DiningIn.com (Founder & CEO)
Liquidity event from GrubHub/Seamless
Young President Organization (Chairman)
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Adam Kanner
B2B2C Marketplaces and Growth Capital
ScoreBig (Founder & CEO)
Raised over $100M in equity capital
NBA (Fmr. VP, Biz Dev)
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Blake Indursky
Labels and Artist Relations
LiveXLive (Chief Business Officer & EVP)
Sony Music (Fmr. VP, Biz Dev)
Viacom (Fmr. Executive Consultant)
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Phil Wierzbinski
Monetization and Growth Strategy
Pandora (VP, Audience Extension Strategy)
Sirius XM (VP, Audience Extension Strategy)
Quantcast (Fmr. Director, Marketer Dev)
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Mike Bebel
Labels and Artist Relations
LiveXLive (EVP, Corporate Development)
MixRadio (Fmr. COO)
Napster (Fmr. President & COO)
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Seth Schachner
Music Distribution and International Growth
Strat Americas (Managing Director)
Smule (Americas Partnership)
Microsoft (Fmr. Director, Biz Dev)