Tom Pepper

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Tom Pepper
Born (1975-08-24) August 24, 1975 (age 45)

Tom Pepper (born August 24, 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa) is a computer programmer best known for his collaboration with Justin Frankel on the invention of the Gnutella peer-to-peer system.[1] He and Frankel co-founded Nullsoft, whose most popular program is Winamp, which was sold to AOL in May 1999. Afterwards, Pepper worked inside of AOL as the manager of SHOUTcast, an Internet streaming audio service, and wrote the software along with Stephen "Tag" Loomis and Frankel, before leaving in October 2004. Pepper then worked on development at RAZZ, Inc. He continues to collaborate with Frankel on independent projects like Ninjam.[citation needed]

Pepper was the Chief Technology Officer of local food logistics startup FarmsReach[2] prior to taking a position as the VP of Operations for Beats Music[3] until its acquisition by Apple Inc. in May 2014. Tom Pepper was a senior manager of site reliability engineering at Apple until early 2018.

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  1. ^ Oram, Andrew Peer-to-peer: harnessing the benefits of a disruptive technology 2001, O'Reilly and Associates.
  2. ^ "Farmsreach entry in Techcrunchs Crunchbase citing Tom Pepper as CTO". Techcrunch. Retrieved 21 November 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Beats Electronics entry in Techcrunchs Crunchbase citing Tom Pepper as VP Operations, Beats Music". Techcrunch. Retrieved 16 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)