An early innovator who has helped shape the podcast and public radio industries, Jake Shapiro is the co-founder and CEO of RadioPublic, a mobile listening platform and marketplace for podcasts. RadioPublic is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) - founded in partnership with PRX and backed by investors including Project11, The New York Times, WGBH, and Bose Corporation - with the mission to help listeners discover, engage with, and reward the creators of podcasts. Shapiro co-founded and is the former CEO of PRX, the award-winning distributor of independent audio content, including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour and the Radiotopia podcast network. While at PRX Shapiro also helped found Matter Ventures, the accelerator and investment fund for mission-driven startups. Shapiro is a senior fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a fellow at Ashoka, the global network of social entrepreneurs.
Shapiro is regularly featured in leading media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Fortune and the Boston Globe, and shares his insights as a speaker at Internet and media industry events. Shapiro is an accomplished musician on guitar and cello, with numerous independent and major label recording appearances. He holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University, and lives in Lexington MA.