Gustav Söderström is Chief Research & Development Officer at Spotify. He oversees the product, design, data, and engineering teams, and is also responsible for Spotify’s product strategy.
Gustav is also an entrepreneur and investor who has founded and sold startups in the technology space, including 13th Lab, a computer vision startup that he co-founded which was acquired by Facebook’s Oculus in 2014. He has co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of messaging startup Kenet Works which was acquired by Yahoo!. Gustav holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and was voted the KTH Alumni of the year in 2019.
Gustav is also the podcast host for the podcast mini-series — Spotify: A product story — which offers a glimpse into the decisions that have guided Spotify’s product evolution.