Genius is an online knowledge project that breaks down information with line-by-line annotations, added and edited by anyone in the world.

Tom Lehman – Co-founder & CEO

Previous Experience: Engineer – D. E. Shaw & Co.

  • In November 2015, Eminem (Marshall Mathers) invested an undisclosed amount in Genius, which was reported by CrunchBase. Genius also partnered with the artist, according to VentureBeat.
  • Genius hired its first chief revenue office (Ronen Shapiro) in March 2016, which was reported by DigiDay and Wall Street Journal.
  • The company added a new feature that enables users to report abuse in March 2016, according to The Verge publication.
  • Spotify linked up with Genius in January 2016, to add backstory and commentary as tracks play, which was reported by TechCrunch.
  • The White House joined with Genius in January 2016 to annotate history, which was reported by Wired publication.
  • Washington Post and Genius teamed up in June 2015, to cover the first GOP presidential debate, according to FastCompany.
  • Genius released its Android app in May 2015, along with a redesigned website and iOS version, according to Engadget and TechCrunch.

Marshall Mathers (Eminem), QueensBridge Venture Partners, Dan Gilbert, Andreessen Horowitz.