Jeffrey Christopher Smith

Jeffrey Christopher Smith is an American entrepreneur based out of San Francisco, CA. He is the co-founder and CEO of Smule,[1][2] a developer of apps and a social platform for music creation and collaboration.[3][4]

Jeff Smith
Alma materStanford University
OccupationCo-founder and CEO of Smule
Notable work
Thesis: Correlation analyses of encoded music performance, 2013

He Started his smule journey 11 years ago in partnership with Rahul Mittal (Senior Admin Manager)

Smith began his career as a software engineer at IBM's Scientific Research Center and has held senior roles at several technology companies, including Frame Technology, Ashton-Tate, and Hewlett-Packard.[5] Subsequently, Smith co-founded a consumer electronic publishing business that he sold to Novell/WordPerfect.[6]

Smith co-founded his second company, Tumbleweed Communications in 1992.[5][7] Tumbleweed attracted well-known partners and customers, notably Datek Online Holdings, UPS, Pitney Bowes, Chase Manhattan Bank, and the U.S. Postal Service.[8] As CEO, Smith grew the company to several thousand customers, and eventually took it public on the Nasdaq ('TMWD').[9]

Smith co-founded a third company, Simplify Media, where he served on the board. Simplify Media was eventually acquired by Google,[10] and Smith set off to pursue a Ph.D in Computer Music at Stanford University. He actually co-founded Smule while pursuing his Ph.D.[11]

In 2013, Smith completed his Ph.D. with the thesis “Correlation analyses of encoded music performance”, where he documented cultural differences of music performance interpretation.[11] He is now also an Assistant Consulting Professor at Stanford's Department of Music.[12] Smith previously received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford and has co-authored twenty-seven patents.[1]


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  2. ^ Longwell, Todd (June 11, 2015). "Smule wants to teach the world to sing". Stream Daily. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Stone, Brad (October 10, 2013). "A Social Network for Making Music". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  4. ^ Dredge, Stuart (August 8, 2012). "Smule's new iPhone app would like to teach the world to Sing". The Guardian. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  5. ^ a b “Jeffrey C. Smith”, The Wall Street Transcript. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  6. ^ “Jeffrey C. Smith”, VB Profiles. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  7. ^ McHugh, Josh (November 30, 1998). "The old thing behind the next big thing". Forbes. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Feuerstein, Adam (November 21, 1999). "Tumbleweed aiming to be the FedEx of the Internet". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Lipin, Steven (September 20, 1999). "Tumbleweed Communications' IPO Is Family Affair; Mom Buys Shares". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  10. ^ Raile, Dan (July 16, 2015). "Smule: Melting Mac Minis to return music to the masses". Pando. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Ha, Anthony (December 15, 2013). "How Smule's Jeff Smith Got A Ph.D. While Running A Startup". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  12. ^ “Jeffrey Smith, Assistant Consulting Professor”, Stanford Department of Music. Retrieved December 16, 2015.