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Veoh CEO Dmitry Shapiro Resurfaces at…MySpace Music

Dmitry Shapiro, last seen mourning the end of Veoh, has a new gig: Today is his first day as chief technology officer at MySpace Music.

It’s not a huge shock to see former start-up CEOs join big companies after the demise of their own. But this move is a bit more surprising: It means Shapiro will be working for one of the companies that helped put him out of work.

That’s because MySpace Music is a joint venture between News Corp. (NWS) and the big music labels, including Universal Music Group. And Shapiro, among others, has pointed to Universal’s copyright-infringement lawsuit against Veoh as one the primary reasons for the video site’s downfall.

But apparently, Shapiro doesn’t mind working for Universal now. In any case, he’ll be reporting to MySpace execs Courtney Holt, Mike Jones and Jason Hirschhorn, not Doug Morris. And you could argue that it makes sense for MySpace Music to have a tech guy on board who has intimate knowledge of the big music labels, warts and all.

Plus, MySpace Music needs help from wherever it can find it. The site still boasts some 30 million unique users. And as other free music sites melt away, it is one of the only places to get legal streams without paying for them. But two years after launch, it’s still a mess to navigate, and I don’t know anyone who uses it on a regular basis. Maybe Shapiro can help.

Veoh, meanwhile, never actually went away. Something called Qlipso purchased the site, which had raised some $70 million, for less than $10 million in March.


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