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Daniel Ek

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Spotify

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He may be Swedish, but his U.S. influence radiates from the Bay Area.  The creator of Spotify, the legal music streaming service that offers users free access to a 15 million-song library, launched his ultra-successful European site in the San Francisco area, thanks to alliances with power players like Sean Parker who helped facilitate the U.S. launch of the music service and its vital integration with Facebook.