Plug.dj is dedicated to building positive international communities for sharing and discovering music.
Plug.dj empowers people from around the world to share music in a fun, real-time, community-driven environment.
Join an existing community, or create your own community based around common interests and musical tastes. Put together the perfect playlist, make new friends, and then take turns playing music and videos with each other. Whoever DJs before you might inspire your next song, and you can discuss musical influences in our live chat. If you discover a new track that you like, you can ‘Woot!’ it to start dancing, or even grab it to add to your playlists. Pick an avatar that fits your personality, and you’re ready to make new friends and listen to music!
Plug.dj was launched in February 2012 by a few passionate music fans. They believed that by tapping into the potential of crowd-curated content, they would be able to improve music discovery and overcome the limitations of solitary listening. This approach to music appreciation and sharing has resonated strongly with many people, who had been dealing with the same challenges. A strong and loyal fan base of early adopters has supported and grown plug.dj, spreading it to several million people in 190 different countries with the average user spending over an hour on the site per visit.
We are technologists, musicians, and entrepreneurs that are experts in our respective areas. We all take ownership over our individual responsibilities and thrive on collaboration to build the best product possible for our international community.
We have very high standards at plug.dj, but that’s why it’s a stimulating place to be. We’re solving interesting and challenging problems that have a considerable impact on how people from around the world consume music and videos.
Meet Our Founders
Steven Sacks is the founder and president of plug.dj. Prior to launching plug.dj, he authored and built a business around his open source Gaia Flash Framework, used by tens of thousands of developers and digital agencies around the world. On the music side of things, Steven has been an internationally touring house music DJ for nearly 20 years. His musical tastes run the gambit from house music, drum and bass, jazz, funk and soul, R&B, hip hop, rock, ska, downtempo, chill, ambient, and more.
Alex Reinlieb is a co-founder and the CEO of plug.dj. After working as a product manager for several years at the bank formerly known as Lehman Brothers, he moved to more entrepreneurial endeavors, having worked at mobile and e-commerce startups. Alex is interested in just about anything music/tech related and plays a variety of instruments. His musical tastes are eclectic, but he mainly prefers blues, funk, afrobeat, downtempo, drum and bass, and house.
Jason Grunstra is a co-founder of plug.dj and focuses on our international expansion and customer satisfaction. With a strong entrepreneurial background, he has had great success in building and maintaining positive communities around common interests. He has traveled to over 50 countries on 6 continents and has experienced first-hand how music plays a key role in other cultures. Jason is an adrenalin junkie and loves jumping out of planes while listening to hip-hop.
“The launch of this service marked the start of what I personally hope will become a big trend in business: not ignoring the rest of the world. After using plug.dj for most of today, it appears that plug.dj has executed upon the potential perfectly.”
Trevor Gilbert, pandodaily.com
“There’s something special about playing music for a crowd, and while Turntable.fm may be closing its doors, plug.dj is still open and pumping out the tunes, with a vibrant community of listeners and DJs filling rooms packed with music to work to, talk about, rock out listening to, and save or download yourself.”
Alan Henry, lifehacker.co.in
“Plug.dj is really really amazing. Like an internet discotheque version of God was among us.”
Brad O’Mance, popjustice.com
“The YouTube music videos are positioned up on top of the room, sort of like the vids that you see on stage above the bands during rock concerts. This turns YouTube into radio—that is, into an audience based event. It’s kind of wonderful, I think.”
Matthew Lasar, radiosurvivor.com
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