David Nelson (software developer)

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David Nelson
Born ( 1993 -05-25) May 25, 1993 (age 23)
Iowa, United States
Occupation Software developer, entrepreneur

David Nelson (born May 25, 1993[1]) is an American software developer and CEO of Motion AI, an Artificial Intelligence software company.

Muziic[edit]

In 2009, at age 15, following a report by CNN[2] Nelson gained attention in the media for developing the Muziic[3][4] streaming music application. The service garnered over 250 million listens worldwide.[5] Muziic was controversial to some in the music industry because it allowed access to streaming music videos, through YouTube, but aggregated and displayed the songs in a way geared toward listening and building playlists. Because this occurred prior to services like Spotify coming to the United States, free applications like this were rare and often illegal.

FanRx[edit]

David later went on to found FanRx (formerly BandRx[6]) in 2012, a social media software company for musicians and brands. The service gained over 225,000 subscribers and entered the Top 5 most popular music applications on Facebook.

In 2013, Nelson launched Mass Threat, a game development subsidiary of FanRx, catering to the music industry. Mass Threat has worked with Train, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco and Sia,[7] among others, to develop and launch games geared toward their fans. Mass Threat games collectively have been downloaded over 5 million times, according to the company's website.

Motion AI[edit]

In November 2015, Nelson unveiled Motion AI on Product Hunt, where it was number one for the day and earned a top spot in the all-time rankings. The company aims to bring Artificial Intelligence technologies to the masses by building a "UI for AI". In one of the fastest funding rounds in Chicago area history,[8] Motion AI subsequently raised $700,000 in seed funding to expand the team and build out the product, as reported in the Chicago Tribune.[9]

Motion AI was named one of Chicago's "50 Startups to Watch" in 2016.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2015, Nelson proposed to his girlfriend Chelsea on stage at a Train show in the Bahamas, following an introduction from Pat Monahan.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muziic Community Forums; David". Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  2. ^ Sandoval, Greg. "Teen-created music likely to irk YouTube". CNN. 
  3. ^ "Muziic Company Info". Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  4. ^ Davis, Lidija (2009-03-09). "Will Google Uphold its "Do No Evil" Motto With Muziic?". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  5. ^ Wauters, Robin. "Muziic has streamed 250 songs to date. But will it last?". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  6. ^ "BandRx Rebrands as FanRx". HypeBot. 
  7. ^ "Father-son duo teams with Grammy winners Train". WQAD. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Motion AI has raised $700K to create the UI for AI". 
  9. ^ "Motion AI raises $700,000". 
  10. ^ "Top 50 Chicago startups to watch in 2016". 
  11. ^ "Grammy winners Train help QC man propose". 

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