Shakil Khan


Shak is Head of Special Projects at Spotify, where he is personal advisor to founder and CEO Daniel Ek. He has had a number of online businesses in the UK since 2000 and was part of the founding team at which was acquired by AOL and recently founded CoinDesk, a Bitcoin news site.

Shak has done extensive volunteer work as an ambassador for charity: water, having helped raise millions of dollars for clean and safe drinking water. He is also a keen supporter and friend of Pencils of Promise, who build schools for those most in need.

Having lived in China, Shak speaks Chinese (as well as English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Danish) and currently divides his time between London, San Francisco, New York and airport lounges.

Shak is an investor in SecondMarket, Top10, BlackJet, Spotify, DueDil and Bitpay. Shak was also an investor and mentor to Nick D'Aloisio who built and sold Summly, a news curation app that was sold to Yahoo in March this year.