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Sean Parker (born December 3 1979) is an American businessman and entrepreneur. Parker graduated from Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. He went on to co-found Napster, Plaxo and Causes,[1] and was Founding President of Facebook, Inc.[2]

In 1999, Parker co-founded Napster, a free file-sharing service for music that drew the ire of recording labels and the Recording Industry Association of America.[3] Lawsuits by various industry associations eventually shut down the service.[4][5]

Parker subsequently launched Plaxo, an online address book and social networking service that integrated with Microsoft Outlook, in November 2002.[6] He left Plaxo for unpublicised reasons after disputes with two shareholders, Sequoia Capital and Ram Shriram.[3]

In 2004, Parker began informally advising the creators of Facebook, and became its president when the company incorporated in 2004.[7]

In 2006, Parker joined the Founders Fund, a venture capital fund based in San Francisco, as Managing Partner.[3][1]




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