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Philip J. Kaplan

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Philip J. Kaplan
Philip Kaplan Speaking At Gnomedex.jpeg
Kaplan at Gnomedex 6.0 (July 2006)
Born (1975-10-30) October 30, 1975 (age 40)
Nationality American
Occupation entrepreneur, computer programmer

Philip J. "Pud" [1] Kaplan (born October 30, 1975[2]) is an American entrepreneur and computer programmer who has founded several Internet companies.

He created the Fucked Company website in May 2000 and wrote the corresponding book F'd Companies ISBN 0743228626 in 2002.

He has subsequently created other websites and web-based ventures, including the online advertising market site AdBrite, which he founded in 2004. In June 2009, Kaplan joined Charles River Ventures as an Entrepreneur In Residence.[3] and co-founded Blippy.

In July 2011, Kaplan formed ADHD Labs,[4] an incubator for web and iPhone apps.[5] ADHD Labs' company, TinyLetter, was acquired by MailChimp in August 2011.[6] In 2012, Kaplan's company founded Fandalism, a social networking website for musicians.[7] He expanded the site to offer the digital distribution of music, and in early-2013, the service was spun off under the name DistroKid.[8]

Kaplan obtained his Bachelor of Science in 1997 from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.[9]


  1. ^ Documentary film interview with Kaplan (2002), hosted by the Internet Archive.
  2. ^ -- "Today is my 32nd birthday." Published October 30, 2007. Accessed November 17, 2007.
  3. ^ Tomio Geron. "F—edCompany Founder Views VC From a New Perch". WSJ. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ " is for sale". Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive: MailChimp Buys Phil Kaplan's Tiny Start-Up, TinyLetter". AllThingsD. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Anthony Ha. "Philip Kaplan’s Social Network Fandalism Has Quietly Grown To 350K Musicians". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Ha, Anthony (May 28, 2013). "Fandalism’s Philip Kaplan Launches DistroKid, An Affordable Way To Upload Music To Stores Like iTunes". Techcrunch. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Philip Kaplan". Retrieved 2010-10-12. 

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