I saw an advertisement on the side of one site just a little while ago and thought to myself “I wonder what ever happened to the kid that created that program?” Shawn Fanning was his name. After graduating from Harwich High School in 1998, Shawn enrolled at Northeastern University. In January 1999, Shawn dropped out of college to concentrate on writing the program that would become Napster.

Little do people know about the drama inside the Napster company between Shawn and his uncle (who typically filled the absent father role for him) John Fanning.

For a really good read, there is a long story – and one of the best written I’ve found – at

3 Comment(s)

  1. I always wondered what happened to this guy…

    very cool article.

    limewire | Dec 27, 2005 | Reply

  2. is it ok if i use bennett’s song baby steps in a highlights video

    morgan | Dec 30, 2005 | Reply

  3. I’m sure it will be, try emailing him, he’ll know who you are.
    I’ve got him AIM, but I can’t remember it off the top of my head, but if he doesn’t use that email address anymore or something I’m sure it’d be fine. If there’s a credits reel at the end, stick him in for the props…

    robbiewatson | Dec 31, 2005 | Reply

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