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Max Ciociola

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Max Ciociola
🏳️ NationalityItaly
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Bologna
💼 Occupation
Known forFounder of Musixmatch

Max Ciociola is an Italian entrepreneur best known as the founder of Musixmatch.[1][2][3]


In 1998, Ciociola started his career with Wireless Solutions,[4] a multi media mobile gateway platform for delivering content in more than 100 countries over 300 mobile carriers. He then sold his company to Dada,[5] an Italian media company, and spent seven years with Dada first as CEO for Iberia & Latam and then as Executive Vice President of Mobile Services.[6]

In 2010, Ciociola founded Musixmatch in Bologna, Italy,[7] a music intelligent data company with clients that include Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Instagram, Shazam, and VEVO featuring the world's largest catalog of song lyrics meta data. The company, with over 70 million users,[8] utilizes deep learning and artificial intelligence techniques to provide lyrics and language data to most of music digital streaming companies.[9]

He is also the co-founder of AI Labs,[10] an research and development AI lab in Italy active in technology transfer via artificial intelligence and has been part of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG Group) formed by the European Commission in order to formulate rules and ethical policies in the field.[11] Ciociola has been featured or mentioned in publications worldwide including Forbes,[12] Business Insider,[13] TechCrunch,[14] IO Donna,[15] The Telegraph,[16] and Billboard.[17]

Ciociola has been involved in the Italian startup landscape with projects such as Hackitaly,[18] the first Italian Hackathon and community of developers,[19] along with being appointed by the Regione Puglia to chair the PIN Project for financing innovative and social startups.[20]


Ciociola has an undergraduate degree from the University of Bologna in Telecommunications engineering.


  1. "Lyrics Database musiXmatch Raises Further $3.7M, Says Android Has Led The Way To 10M Downloads" TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  2. "Get Spotify song lyrics on your phone with Musixmatch" The NextWeb. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  3. "Turning Lyrics into a Business: musiXMatch's Next Generation Lyrics API" Forbes. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  4. "Wireless Solutions becomes SpA" Soldi Online. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  5. "When, before Facebook, 4 Italians had invented a social network. The story of Dada (and SuperEva)" Startup Italia. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  7. "Musixmatch, the start-up that wins Spotify and makes the world sing" La Repubblica. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  8. "Massimo Ciociola. "Bologna as the Silicon Valley" Resto del Carlino. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  9. "Here is who is behind the huge statue that made the tour of Milan: Huawei“ Milano Today. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  10. "A center on artificial intelligence to bring the best Italian engineers to Bologna" La Repubblica. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  11. "High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence" European Commission. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  12. "Italy's Balsamiq Pours Up New Wireframing Tools" Forbes. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  13. "The 11 hottest startups in Italy" Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  14. "Song Lyrics App Musixmatch Hacks Its Way To 50M Downloads/30M MAUs, Adds Spotify Support" TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  15. "Massimo Ciociola: 'Per strada spio chi usa Musixmatch, la mia app. E poi chiedo che ne pensa'" IO Donna. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  16. "Technology firms explore 'second screen' opportunity"] The Telegraph. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  17. "Musixmatch Wants to Be the 'IMDb of Music Lyrics,' Launches Lyric Video Messaging App" Billboard. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  18. "I'll tell you about the power of hackers: 50 projects in 48 hours" Network Digital 360. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  19. "Hack Italy, the digital future of the country" Corriere Della Sera. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  20. "Commissions" Regione Puglia PIN Project. Retrieved 2020-02-18.

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