• Great articles on other sites
  • RSS Great articles on other sites

  • Gadgets - Written by on Friday, October 21, 2011 13:24 - 3 Comments

    Spotify hiring Australian staff

    news Online music streaming label Spotify is currently hiring for at least one Australian staff member, following its high-profile launch in the United States.

    The company has listed a role on its website which would see a staff member based in Sydney liaising with record labels and music distributors locally.

    “The Label Relations team manages hundreds of label relationships across the globe with a network of Account Managers in different Spotify territories,” the site states. “The position will serve as primary point of contact for record labels, distributors & aggregators specifically in Belgium and the Netherlands, but also working closely with central international teams.”

    “The Account Manager will focus on developing and maintaining excellent relationships with Spotify’s content providers locally by enabling them to maximise the service as both a sales and promotional platform, and by providing market research and consumer insight. This individual will also leverage this relationship to further Spotify’s marketing and distribution initiatives to the mutual benefit of Spotify and its label partners.”

    Spotify was founded in Sweden by co-founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon (pictured), but is headquartered in the UK. The company offers a selection of streamed music through a variety of major labels — with names such as Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal having signed on to its roster. In the US, the organisation has recently launched through a partnership with Facebook and spearheaded by maverick dot com mogul Sean Parker.

    However, the service is not yet available to Australians, and the company has repeatedly stated it didn’t yet have immediate plans to launch in Australia, giving iTechReport the bad news in July, although noting at the time that its long-term plan was to be available in every country, and that there was strong interest from Australians in the platform. It was a similar case in September.

    The lack of a global service has caused a number of guides to spring up online to accessing Spotify outside of the US through technologies such as virtual private networks.

    For its local hire, Spotify is seeking an executive with a strong music and technology background, including experience with an established digital music service, established record label or major media company. The successful candidate will also need a proven track record of “key results in marketing, strategy and infrastructure management/development”.

    “At Spotify we try to give 110% in everything we do,” the company’s ad states. “We live and breathe Spotify. Spotify is an energetic company with many mountains to climb. You’ll find opportunities rather than boundaries wherever you look. We love solving problems, challenging old ways of doing things, working in a fast-paced dynamic environment and making a difference. Every contribution is appreciated. We specialise in using technology to create simple solutions to complex business problems. We’re focused on our vision, but pragmatic about the steps required to achieve it. If it’s not good for the user then it’s not worth doing.”

    “Our hierarchy is very flat and we are an open company – to such an extent that bouncing ideas off the CEO is not unusual!”

    Over the past decade I’ve read hundreds of job ads for local executives to represent global companies ahead of local launches, and this one’s a pretty clear example of the stereotype. All the hallmarks of a local launch are here — Spotify’s looking for an executive with multiple skill bases, existing local relationships and flexibility, but focused on interacting with the existing global team. However, it’s not looking for a managing director; that type of executive will join later, when there are some Australian staff to manage.

    Following this ad, and given that Australia’s usually one of the global markets that follows US launches by European companies, I would expect a Spotify launch in Australia over the next 18 months. The time is ripe.

    Image credit: Spotify

    submit to reddit


    You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

    1. Posted 21/10/2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Spotify is one of those services that is amazing in theory, and pretty cool in practice (yes, I have been able to try it out). I still can’t see a rosy immediate future for this sort of business when the “content industry” still wants to segregate territories for maximum profit and expect people to practically beg for access to their wares.

    2. Hugh
      Posted 06/01/2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Renai, this is the best news EVAR! I’m going to hook up ALL my friends with accounts – if you or anyone needs one, let me know, I have a kajillion invites!

    3. derek
      Posted 20/05/2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Guys…just change your dns settings with the below given details and you will get backdoor (legal) access to one of the popular paid vpn service. With this you can watch unlimited movies, US popular channels like hulu, netflix etc. etc.

      Simply change your dns settings with the below one :
      Primary DNS to
      Secondry DNS to

      Refresh and its done. Check your netflix now and enjoy.

    Leave a Comment


  • Get our 'Best of the Week' newsletter on Fridays

    Just the most important stories, one email a week.

    Email address:

    Follow us on social media

    Use your RSS reader to subscribe to our articles feed or to our comments feed.

  • Most Popular Content

  • Enterprise IT stories

    • Super funds close to dumping $250m IT revamp facepalm2

      If you have even a skin deep awareness of the structure of Australia’s superannuation industry, you’ll be aware that much of the underlying infrastructure used by many of the nation’s major funds is provided by a centralised group, Superpartners. One of the group’s main projects in recent years has been to dramatically update and modernise its IT platform — its version of a core banking platform overhaul. Unfortunately, the $250 million project has not precisely been going well.

    • Qld’s Grant joins analyst firm IBRS peter-grant

      This week it emerged that Peter Grant, the two-time former Queensland Whole of Government CIO (pictured), has joined well-regarded analyst firm Intelligent Business Research Services (IBRS). We’ve long had a high regard for IBRS, and so it’s fantastic to see such an experienced executive join its ranks.

    • Westpac dumps desk phones for Samsung Android mobiles samsung-galaxy-ace-3

      The era of troublesome desk phones tied to physical locations is gradually coming to an end in many workplaces, with mobile phones becoming increasingly popular as organisations’ main method of voice telecommunications. But some groups are more advanced than others when it comes to adoption of the trend. One of those is Westpac.

    • Ministers’ cloud approval lasted just a year reverse

      Remember how twelve months ago, the Federal Government released a new cloud computing security and privacy directive which required departments and agencies to explicitly acquire the approval of the Attorney-General and the relevant portfolio minister before government data containing private information could be stored in offshore facilities? Remember how the policy was strongly criticised by Microsoft, Government CIOs and Delimiter? Well, it looks like the policy is about to be reversed.

    • WA Govt can’t fund school IT upgrades oops key

      In news from The Department of Disturbing Facts, iTNews revealed late last week that Western Australia’s Department of Education has run out of money halfway through the deployment of new fundamental IT infrastructure to the state’s schools.

    • Turnbull outlines Govt ICT vision turnbull-5

      Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has published an extensive article arguing that the Federal Government needed to do a better job of connecting with Australians via digital channels and that public sector IT projects needn’t cost the huge amounts that some have in the past.

    • NZ Govt pushes hard into cloud zealand

      New Zealand’s national Government announced a whole of government contract this morning for what it terms ‘Office Productivity as a Service’ services. This includes email and calendaring services, as well as file-sharing, mobility, instant messaging and collaboration services. The contract complements two existing contracts — Desktop as a Service and Enterprise Content Management as a Service.

    • CommBank reveals Harte’s replacement whiteing

      The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has promoted an internal executive who joined the bank in September after a lengthy career at petroleum giant VP and IT services group Accenture to replace its outgoing chief information officer Michael Harte, who announced in early May that he would leave the bank.

    • Jeff Smith quits Suncorp for IBM jeffsmith4

      Second-tier Australian bank and financial services group Suncorp today announced that its long-serving top technology executive Jeff Smith would leave to take up a senior role with IBM in the United States, in an announcement which marks the end of an era for the nation’s banking IT sector.

    • Small business missing the mobile, social, cloud revolution iphone-stock

      Most companies that live and breathe the online revolution are not tech startups, but smart smaller firms that use online tools to run their core business better: to cut costs, reach customers and suppliers, innovate and get more control. Many others, however, are falling behind, according to a new Grattan Institute discussion paper.

  • Blog, Enterprise IT - Jul 5, 2014 13:53 - 0 Comments

    Super funds close to dumping $250m IT revamp

    More In Enterprise IT

    Blog, Telecommunications - Jul 5, 2014 12:12 - 0 Comments

    What should the ACCC’s role be in guiding infrastructure spending?

    More In Telecommunications

    Analysis, Industry, Internet - Jun 23, 2014 10:33 - 0 Comments

    ‘Google Schmoogle’ – how Yellow Pages got it so wrong

    More In Industry

    Blog, Digital Rights - Jun 30, 2014 22:24 - 0 Comments

    Will Netflix launch in Australia, or not?

    More In Digital Rights