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From Rap Genius To Law Genius?

November 16, 2012

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Could a hip hop website give birth to the next go-to website for lawyers? One attorney turned entrepreneur thinks so. MAHBOD MOGHADAM: My name is Mahbod Moghadam and I'm one of the co-founders of RapGenius. I went to Stanford Law School. I graduated in 2008 and I worked at Dewey and LeBouf. After taking Dewey's deferral year, he started Rap Genius with two friends. The site allows anyone to annotate the lyrics of rap songs. MOGHADAM: Anything that's orange has been explained. If you go to a Kanye West song everything is orange. In October, the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, invested $15 million in the company, and Moghadam set his sights on law. MOGHADAM: Our friendship with Ben Horowitz started because he really likes rap. His nickname, that he came up with for the site, is the Internet Talmud, so he instantly saw the promise of the site for legal analysis. (Source: Bloomberg)

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