Soundcloud Survives Money Scare

Music streaming service Soundcloud will live on after securing a reported $170m (£135m) in investment.

The platform, popular with emerging artists, faced closure if the new funding was not approved by Friday.
“Soundcloud
is here to stay,” wrote Alexander Ljung, the company’s chairman, who as
part of the deal is stepping down as the firm’s chief executive.
Concerned users had been backing up their Soundcloud uploads, worried the site would go offline.
Its highest profile user, Chance the Rapper, has been vocal in supporting the site.
In
July, the Berlin-based company laid off 40% of its workforce, a total
of 173 people. In a note circulated to shareholders earlier this week (obtained by Axios) Mr Ljung said without the money Soundcloud would not be able “to continue as a going concern”.
By Friday, things were looking up.
“This financing means Soundcloud remains strong and independent,” Mr Ljung wrote in a blog post.
“Over
the last few weeks, I’ve been moved by the outpouring of commentary
around Soundcloud’s unique and crucial role in driving what global
culture is today (and what it will become tomorrow).
“You’ve
told me how, without Soundcloud, there would be a giant gaping void in
today’s world of music. We can’t have that, and I’m happy to once again
say that won’t be happening.”
The company will see considerable
changes in leadership. Mr Ljung will be replaced as chief executive by
Kerry Trainor, the former boss of video-sharing site Vimeo. Mike
Weissman, also formerly at Vimeo, will become Soundcloud’s chief
operating officer.
Soundcloud will now need to look at reducing
costs and doing more to monetise the service which, according to the
firms latest publicly available figures, has more than 40 million users.

The firm’s money problems have been well-documented – with its
valuation dropping considerable from a high of $700m in 2014. In
September, acquisition talks with Spotify failed to materialise.

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