/// Spotify’s Special Projects Head Shakil Khan Moves to Path to Do Same
Shakil Khan, the well-known head of special projects for the popular Spotify music service, is taking a job with the same title at Path, the fast-growing personal social networking start-up. Khan will be focusing on growth and international issues, based out of London, but with global duties. Path’s HQ is in San Francisco. That’s important since Path has been growing strongly outside its initial U.S. market, especially in Asia. In February, Path CEO Dave Morin announced that it had two million users. In an interview last night, Khan said he will remain an adviser to Spotify’s CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek, noting he is also an investor. Interestingly, said many sources and also a number of reports, both Path and Spotify are in the midst to large funding rounds with hefty valuations. In fact, Spotify’s being valued at $4 billion, which was not the case when Khan came to the then-fledgling company in 2008. Taking up a job essentially as a kind of fix-it guy for Ek, he worked on a number of important initiatives, from gaining early user traction to hiring its early management to wrangling celebrities to use the service. Khan said that he decided to leave Spotify, which has recently had a huge spurt of growth due to its recent integration on Facebook, because he has “always been a start-up guy.” “I loved the days when people used to say, ‘What is that, how do you spell it,’” he said about Spotify.