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Grammy winner T-Pain was shocked by Spotify’s offices

It’s one thing to see photographs of the Grand Canyon. But until you’ve actually been there, it’s impossible to understand its size. When T-Pain – he of Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’) fame visited the Spotify offices recently, he experienced a similar revelation.

“He was shocked,” Howard Smith, Spotify’s Tech Recruiting Manager told us. “He said he was expecting to see five people hanging around some small office.”

Instead, Spotify’s New York office employs 140 people one door down from the Apple Store in the Meatpacking District. “Even though we are a big company,” Smith said, “we work in very small teams, so it still feels a lot like a startup.”

As impressive as Spotify’s US business is, their popularity in Stockholm, home of the company’s global HQ, is at another level. “We’re on billboards and TV commercials,” Smith said. “I got into a club one time by flashing my Spotify business card.”

Spotify will be at our Uncubed event next Thursday looking for to fill some of their 75 job openings — check out their lounge downstairs.

Now go forth (and drank responsibly).

Nitty Gritty:

2: Grammys won by T-Pain

4: Teeth T Pain lost in a 2009 golf cart accident

300k: Labels signed to Spotify


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