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Entrepreneur Stories: Rap Genius

Mahbod Moghadam is a graduate of Stanford Law School and worked as an attorney for the firm of Dewey & Leboeuf in New York before beginning work on Rap Genius. He is childhood friends with Tom and Ilan from their days at Yale University. Mahbod is Iranian and studied the history of Iran as an undergraduate. He explained some of the first rap songs on Rap Genius - including "99 Problems" by Jay-Z, which has a legalistic storyline - and has expanded to explaining the works of Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Herman Melville and the Persian poet Rumi, on Rap Genius.

Before law school, Mahbod was a Fulbright scholar to France; he speaks Persian, French, some Arabic and English too.

Mahbod has played piano since age 15 - alongside hip-hop, his musical passions include Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert.

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    Loved the event! Was motivating and got some great tips for my business. Will definitely be coming to future events!

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    Location has been updated. Its the 650 building at the corner of 52nd Street and 5th Avenue.

    April 24, 2013

    • JoswellV

      4/5/6/r/n/q train: the stop is Lexington 59St

      April 25, 2013

    • debnewman

      The building is actually 650 5th Ave at the corner of 52nd St. I think you can also take the E train to 53rd and 5th, or the F train to Rockefeller Center at 49/50th and 6th Ave.

      1 · April 25, 2013

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