Eric Wahlforss, one of the founders of SoundCloud, has announced he is stepping down from his role at the music giant.
Swedish electronic musician Eric Wahlforss started SoundCloud in 2007 with sound designer Alexander Ljung. Now after more than 11 years Wahlforss will be stepping away from the music website to take personal time.
Publishing his announcement on Twitter, Wahlforss wrote:
Today I would like to share some personal news with you.
As many of you know, I am someone who loves to build and create new things.
After more than 11 years of building up our wonderful platform for artists, DJs and audio creators, I have come to the realisation that now is the right time for me to take a break, reflect and think about what to create next.
So I have decided to step back from day-to-day operations at SoundCloud, and transition into an advisory role for the company starting March 1st.
This was not an easy decision to make, but one of the biggest reasons why I feel I have made the right decision is that the company is in such capable hands. It’s been a pleasure working with Kerry and the new leadership team over the past 18 months. Our team is stronger than ever, and we have very exciting plans slated for 2019.
I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved. From our humble beginnings in 2007, to where we are today with more than 20 million creators around the world and millions and millions of people listening every month… who would have thought!
It’s been the most rewarding journey of my life. And one of the greatest aspects of this journey is working with such a passionate, mission-driven bunch of people.
Wahlforss became Chief Product Officer in January 2017 after Yahoo! executive Artem Fishman was appointed as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering. Wahlforss will officially leave his role on March 1st.