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Spotify Biz Dev Exec Gerrit Meier Leaves After a Year

Gerrit Meier, who joined Spotify a year ago to help the streaming music service land big deals, is leaving. Meier says he’s going “to pursue a new venture idea.”

Prior to Spotify, Meier had been COO at Clear Channel’s digital division. At Spotify, as “General Manager, Distribution & Partnerships,” he was supposed to link the company up with big companies and brands.

In April, Spotify announced what it described as a significant marketing deal with Coke, though there hasn’t been much visible evidence of that tie-up to date.

Meier didn’t offer details about his new plan, except that he had lined up a “few existing companies as partners,” and that it will be “a European-focused endeavor.”


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik