Shawn Fanning

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Shawn Fanning

Name: Shawn Fanning

Born: November 22, 1980, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer programmer, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor.
  • Co-founder and lead software engineer of Napster, one of the first popular peer-to-peer ("P2P") file sharing platforms, in 1998.
  • Notable works include Napster, Snocap, Rupture, and Path.

Honors and awards

  • Named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.
  • Featured on the cover of Time magazine (October 2000).


"If you think about computer programming, it's as antisocial as it gets."

"Independent artists and labels have always been the trendsetters in music and the music business."