Meet the Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Head of Global HR & Administration
Senior Vice President, Americas
Executive Vice President, Europe
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Andy WoodArchitectWhy did you join Napster?When I interviewed, I was really excited about the "vibe" of the office. Definitely not your typical cube-farm.What do you do?I work on the Music Content team that runs the back-office, which means all the images and all the audio and most of the data goes through our code before it ever shows up on a phone, device, or desktop.What is your biggest accomplishment at Napster to date?Internationalizing the back-end systems to support 24-7 publishing of content in multiple countries.What skills do you use in your day-to-day?On the back-end we use a variety of languages : Java, C++, perl sql, ruby. But time-management and scrum methodology are essential.What was your first album/concert?Def Leppard, Pyromania tour! Various vinyls mail-ordered via a record club when I was around 9 years old : John Travolta, John Denver, Roy Clark, and The Village People.What is a recent concert you have been to? Recent album/track you love?Coldplay. I know they are pretty main stream but I heard they put on a good show and damn that was no joke. They rocked.
Alabama Shakes. Love the soulful groovin.What is your favorite Napster moment?When I have a song in my head on the drive to work, I put on a radio station based on that song. Often that custom station entertains me all day, like magic.If a song played every time you walk into a room, what would your theme song be?Detroit Rock City!
Randy KruzanLead SDEWhy did you join Napster?For the love of music. Life has a soundtrack. What you listen to gets linked to your life, your emotions and memories, good and bad. My job is to bring music to people whenever they want it, wherever they are. Dude, think about that for a minute. I make it possible for people to not only access their favorite music, but their favorite memories as well. That's pretty incredible.What do you do?Officially I'm the Lead Software Development Engineer for Rhapsody on Android, but I like to think of myself as Chief Android Mechanic, which is just a way cooler title. My team and I build the Android app.What is your biggest accomplishment at Napster to date?I have the privilege of leading a team of developers who love what they do and rock at it.What skills do you use in your day-to-day?My team and I eat/breathe/sleep/develop Android. We use the Scrum development method and have a combined experience of well over 30 years of writing software.What was your first album/concert?The first album I bought with my own money was Powerslave by Iron Maiden. My first concert was Clash of the Titans 1991 (Alice in Chains, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth) .What is a recent concert you have been to? Recent album/track you love?Most recent show was a hardcore/metal show put on by a bunch of local kids. I hope to see some of them in Rhapsody some day. When I need to get in a groove and stay there, I put on Alestorm and listen to their albums in order back-to-back.What is your favorite Napster moment?Receiving a platinum record for my 10 year award, and then getting the company to sign the back of the frame. Awesome.If a song played every time you walk into a room, what would your theme song be?Too Much Rock and Roll, by Rollins Band
Adam KrantzSr. Technical LeadWhy did you join Napster?After I graduated from college, I moved out to Seattle to work for Microsoft. After working there for 12 years, and having the company culture become much more corporate with three year product cycles, I wanted a change. I was looking for a company that moved at a faster pace, where I felt that I could contribute directly to the company’s success, and be able to attain my own career development goals more quickly.What do you do?I’m a lead software developer on the mobile apps. I’ve lead the development team on the BlackBerry app, I wrote and maintain the Rhapsody app for Windows Phone, and I’ve most recently led the development of the new Device Sync app for transferring Rhapsody playlists to portable music players.What is your biggest accomplishment at Napster to date?I developed the Rhapsody app for Windows Phone.What skills do you use in your day-to-day?C# (Silverlight, WPF, XAML), Java (Mobile and Enterprise), C++.What was your first album/concert?My earliest recollection is listening to David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust and Jackson Browne, Running on Empty. First purchase I recall is Dire Straits, Money for Nothing. I recorded my first album in third grade when Mrs. Levy’s class made a record that was pressed to vinyl.What is a recent concert you have been to? Recent album/track you love?I have 20-month old son so I haven’t been to any concerts recently. Last one I recall was Lizz Wright.What is your favorite Napster moment?I always like to ask someone for a song, and then show them how quickly you can find and play it with Rhapsody.If a song played every time you walk into a room, what would your theme song be?I’m still pondering this one.
Ruby WhiteDirector, HR & Talent ManagementWhy did you join Napster?Music, great people, and the ability to make an impact on the business' success... who wouldn't want to work here?What do you do?I am a HR & Recruiting Manager.What is your biggest accomplishment at Napster to date?As cheesy as it may seem, my biggest accomplishment happens almost everyday – I am able to help phenomenal talent find a successful role at Rhapsody and get to see them thrive and grow in our kick-butt environment.What skills do you use in your day-to-day?Mainly people skills, coaching, negotiating, and data analysisWhat was your first album/concert?Concert: NKTB (New Kids on the Block) and Tommy Page (don't judge me!). Album: Kriss Kross.What is your favorite Napster moment?I was taking the bus to work one morning and the bus driver told me she appreciated how happy I was in the mornings. She asked me where I worked and I said Rhapsody, she said "Rhapsody? The online music company?" I said yes, she said "That's awesome. I love music - no wonder why you smile every morning."If a song played every time you walk into a room, what would your theme song be?Beyonce, Me, myself and I. I have a daughter and I appreciate the girl powerness of this song :)
Scott EngelDirector eCommerce PaymentsWhy did you join Napster?I was ready for a break from a big corporate company, and ready for a smaller more nimble company where I could have more of a direct impact. My requirements were that the company needed to be stable, have growth potential, and have a fun culture.What do you do?eCommerce Payments and Risk.What is your biggest accomplishment at Napster to date?The most challenging and fun to date was helping integrate the payments pieces for Rhapsody's international UK/Germany expansion/acquisition of Napster. It was a short timeline, high intensity, high value project. The project teams I work with are some of the most competent, success driven teams I have been with. The combination of having a solid challenge, backed by excellent people, made it fun.What skills do you use in your day-to-day?I monitor to make sure Rhapsody's payments are functioning at optimal levels. This includes supporting/detecting payment issues, payment/customer loss reduction initiatives, payments related project support, PCI support, fraud/chargeback mitigation, vendor management, processing optimization, and so on and so forth.What was your first album/concert?I believe my first album was a Beach Boys 8 track from my dad. Embarrassed to say, I didn't get out to anything noteworthy before I got to college. Anything pre-undergrad was underage garage rock-type shows. The first big awesome show I enjoyed in my undergrad was a Mudhoney show where Nirvana showed up unannounced to play.What is your favorite Napster moment?When I got my Dad a Rhapsody account as a gift, and he turned into a heavy user. Proud to say he likes and approves of the product.If a song played every time you walk into a room, what would your theme song be?Make Em Say Ugh by Master P.