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US: Co-founder of Genius Dead at 41

Moghadam was a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School. He co-founded Rap Genius with his Yale friends, Ilan Zechory and Tom Lehman after he lost his job as a lawyer.

American Internet entrepreneur Mahbod Moghadam, co-founder of the Genius website (formerly known as Rap Genius), passed away last month at age 41 due to complications from a recurring brain tumour. His family announced his demise in a post published on Genius.

Rap Genius started as a platform for users to annotate and explain hip-hop lyrics. However, the company rebranded to Genius in 2013 and widened its scope, by offering annotations for other music genres as well.

About Mahbod Moghadam

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Moghadam was a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School. He co-founded Rap Genius with his Yale friends, Ilan Zechory and Tom Lehman after he lost his job as a lawyer.

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Eventually, Moghadam resigned from Genius in 2014, after posting inappropriate comments on the platform following the release of a mass murderer’s manifesto.

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He continued to pursue legal action against the company and Tom Lehman
the C.E.O of Genius, claiming that he would never forgive him for expelling him.

After leaving Genius, Moghadam co-founded Everipedia, a blockchain-based encyclopedia where users could create neutral, citation-supported pages on any topic. Despite Everipedia’s eventual closure, Moghadam’s entrepreneurial drive led him to join the venture capital firm, Mucker Capital.

The young entrepreneur was also notoriously known for his outlandish personality and behaviour.  In 2013, he told Mark Zuckerberg to suck his private parts in an interview. He later apologized and blamed his misbaviour on his brain tumour.

Genius is an American digital media company founded on August 27, 2009, by Tom Lehman, Mahbod Moghadam, and Ilan Zechory.

The website serves as an online music encyclopedia allowing users to provide interpretation of song lyrics, news stories, poetry and documents. Genius gained so much popularity that attracted rappers who made appearances on the site to explain their lyrics and correct inaccuracies for users.

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