Michael Breidenbruecker

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Michael Breidenbruecker
Head and shoulders photo of Michael Breidenbruecker
Breidenbruecker in 2014
Born (1972-01-06) January 6, 1972 (age 47)
Vorarlberg, Austria
ResidenceVorarlberg, Austria
Alma materUniversity of Applied Arts Vienna

Michael Breidenbruecker (born January 6, 1972) is an Austrian entrepreneur, artist and engineer. He is best known as co-founder of Last.fm, founder of RjDj and partner at venture firm Speedinvest [1]. He has been working with artists such as Hans Zimmer, Imogen Heap, Air (French Band), and Booka Shade. In 2011 he produced Inception The App together with Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer, which reached number 5 in the US App Store charts.[1] Between 2000 and 2002 he headed the Masters program in Interactive Digital Media at Ravensbourne, College of Design and Communication in London.[2] He studied digital art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with Professor Peter Weibel.[3]

Business ventures[edit]


He co-founded the internet radio site for streaming music Last.fm Ltd. in 2002 and managed the company as CEO from 2002 until 2005. Using a recommend system called Audioscrobbler, Last.fm records user’s different musical taste and makes recommendations. The site also offers different social networking features, allowing users to share their tastes. In May 2007 Last.fm was acquired by CBS Interactive for US$280 million (UK£140 million).[4] In 2003 Last.fm received an Honorary Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica in the category Net vision.[5]

Lovely Systems[edit]

In 2005 he co-founded Lovely Systems GmbH with Manfred Schwendiger and Jodok Batlogg. Lovely Systems develops large-scale social web portals and is located in Dornbirn/Vorarlberg.[6] In 2006 Lovely Systems created Lovely Books, one of the biggest social networks around books in German speaking countries.[7]


In 2008 he founded RjDj (Reality Jockey Ltd.), a London-based music technology startup. RjDj produced and distributed a network of mobile applications and sold additional musical content within this network.[8]

Mobile applications created with RjDj:


in 2012 he joined the team behind Zurich-based app discover startup 42matters.[9]

Hilkat 146[edit]

In October 2013 he founded the company Hilkat 146 GmbH which is 100% owned by him firmenabc.net.[10] This company is a front for several brands and projects spearheaded by Michael, among them rawr.at, an online service for opinion-data collection and distribution, similar to Disqus but narrower in spectrum.


Michael Breidenbruecker was born in Vorarlberg/Austria and lives there with his wife and kids.[11]


  1. ^ Brown, Mark. "Inception app acoustically augments your reality". wired.co.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Michael Breidenbruecker". dld-conference.com. Archived from the original on 5 August 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. ^ "z'Breagaz". zbreagaz.at. Palais Thurn & Taxis. Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ Havenstein, Heather. "CBS ups social networking ante with Last.fm acquisition". computerworld.com. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  5. ^ n.a. "2003 Prix Winners: Net Vision / Net Excellence". aec.at. Ars.
  6. ^ "Lovely Systems". crunchbase.com. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  7. ^ Buch-Communities: Wer hat das längste Regal? FAZ, 20. Juni 2008 Online
  8. ^ Waldner, F.; Zisfkovits, M.; Lauren, L.; Heidenberger, K. (September 7, 2011), Cross-Industry Innovation: The Transfer of a Service-Based Business Model from the Video Game Industry to the Music Industry, Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies (EIDWT), 2011 International Conference on, IEEE
  9. ^ Natasha, Lomas. "Last.fm, RjDj Founder, Michael Breidenbrücker, Joins Playboard App Discovery Startup 42matters". techcrunch.com. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Hilkat 146 GmbH". firmenabc.net. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Michael Breidenbruecker". nextberlin.eu/. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

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