Genius (website)

Genius is an American digital media company founded in August 2009 by Tom Lehman, Ilan Zechory, and Mahbod Moghadam. The site allows users to provide annotations and interpretation to song lyrics, news stories, sources, poetry, and documents.

Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Media company
HeadquartersBrooklyn, New York[1],
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerGenius Media Group Inc.[2][3][4]
  • Ilan Zechory (former)
  • Miki Toliver King (current)
CEOTom Lehman[5]
RegistrationRequired for editing, annotating, and transcribing
LaunchedOctober 20, 2009; 11 years ago (2009-10-20)[6] (as Rap Genius)
Written in

Originally launched as Rap Genius with a focus on hip-hop music, the company attracted the attention and support of celebrities, and venture capital enabling further growth.[1] The site expanded in 2014 to cover other forms of media, such as pop, literature, R&B, and added an annotation-embedded platform. That same year, an iPhone app was released. To reflect these new goals, the site re-launched as Genius in July 2014. An Android version was released in August 2015,[7] and in 2016 and 2017, the company began producing music-focused original video content and hosting live events and concerts.