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David Noël

Hi, I'm @David.
Hands up for all things tech, entrepreneurship, music, internet, remarkable people & ideas. Hands back down to type about it.

I'm SoundCloud's VP of Community. These are my favorites. Any questions? Right this way!

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  • March 19, 2014 12:35 pm

    "Berlin’s nascent tech startup ecosystem needs its own catalysts in the form of one or two significant, enduring companies that kickstart the virtuous cycle of a network effect. I don’t mean “exits.” I mean the presence of at least one company with its roots in Berlin that becomes the worldwide leader in its field, serving an important global market at scale. A beacon the world can see and that will continue to draw creators, builders, and capital to Berlin’s new center stage."

    Matt Cohler — Benchmark Capital

  • January 17, 2014 2:26 pm

    "I’m personally interested in making things easier for startups, and Angelist does that. Getting investment for a startup is a black box, and still so much of it is unknown to many new founders – so breaking that open is going to be a good thing,"

    AngelList Grabs Philipp Moehring From Seedcamp To Launch Syndicates In Europe | TechCrunch

    And that’s exactly the reason why I am so madly excited to join. Funding is difficult and annoying for everyone, and that needs to be changed. If you’re a European startup, you should go and read the Europe FAQ on AngelList.

    (via pmoehring)

    With Phil, AngelList has recruited the best person to do this job in Europe. Congrats, my friend, I’ll be watching (and rooting for) you.

  • November 26, 2013 8:12 am

    "We are a technology start-up and view ourselves as being at the forefront of the new world of work. A place where Gen Y and the Millennials thrive because of the inherent flexibility in how, where and when we work. A world where the concept of a hard separation between ‘work’ and ‘life’ doesn’t necessarily exist nor do most people want it to. An environment where a strong sense of purpose - enriching people’s lives through the shared love of sound - is what connects us and the key reason why people want to work for us."

    Our own VP People wrote a great post providing insights about some of the people programs we run here at SoundCloud, have a read. 

    Caoimhe Keogan | What does ‘duty of care’ mean at a global startup?

  • September 30, 2013 11:33 am

    Taken during the fireside chat last Friday in Amsterdam at BubbleConf. The conversation was about my professional journey, failed startups, some learnings from the early days at SoundCloud, and some secrets :)

  • September 16, 2013 11:03 am
    My dear friend and former colleague (he joined SoundCloud a month after I did) Henrik is ready to start a company. 
Are you his co-founder?
Henrik Lenberg | Starting My Next Company - Who’s in? View high resolution

    My dear friend and former colleague (he joined SoundCloud a month after I did) Henrik is ready to start a company. 

    Are you his co-founder?

    Henrik Lenberg | Starting My Next Company - Who’s in?

  • February 28, 2013 5:07 pm

    Hot Jobs at SoundCloud

    If our values described on the jobs page sound like you, join our team and help us grow SoundCloud into a top global brand and company, with its heart at the heart of Europe, Berlin:

    You really want to experience Berlin in the spring and summer, get here early to feel the magic.

  • November 6, 2012 7:49 am
  • October 19, 2012 8:22 am
  • September 27, 2012 8:34 am

    The Startup Kids is a documentary about young American and European web entrepreneurs, made by my two Icelandic friends Sesselja and Vala.

    Sesselja and Vala have been working on this documentary for a long time. I first met them, I think, 2 years ago or so when they started recording the first series of interviews. A lot of time and effort has been put into this documentary, including a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. 

    As a Kickstarter project backer I had the chance to watch the full documentary and it is really inspiring. Sesselja and Vala have captured the essence of entrepreneurship during their conversations with a plethora of entrepreneurs, many of whom you will recognize in this trailer. 

  • December 2, 2011 9:20 pm


    I gave a brief talk today to a small group of MBA students at the European School of Management & Technology in Berlin.  The topic was ‘Startup Marketing’ and lessons learned from my experience at SoundCloud.  

    Despite the bold title of ‘Marketing is dead, long live marketing’, my thoughts here are mostly an aggregation of other people’s perspectives synthesised for my style.  And while I spent a fair bit of time philosophising about the role of marketing within a startup, I wanted to make sure people came away with actionable and useful pieces of knowledge as that’s what I really missed from my MBA classes on entrepreneurship & marketing.  So I created the toolkit - the 5 or 6 key things a startup marketer should be doing/measuring/thinking about in those early stages.  

    Let me know if I missed anything (perhaps the content doesn’t come across perfectly in pure slide mode) but it was fun to do.  Only 20 months after I sat in my last MBA class I was now giving one… scary.  And no, it doesn’t matter which side of the desk you’re on, slide completion 10 minutes before the event is still the norm.

    Here’s a slide deck by our very own Thom, VP Marketing at SoundCloud. 

  • 9:37 am

    Eric Stromberg: How to Make an Impact During the First Month of Your Startup Job


    A lot has been written on the process of joining a startup, and I’ve written a bit on the topic. Less is written about what to do once you join. Truth is, that’s when the fun starts, and it’s important to optimize your experience from day one. There are a few things I wish someone had told me…

    Eric’s been killing it with his series with tips about how to best join & contribute to an early-stage startup. 

  • September 29, 2011 4:24 pm

    The Ultimate List For Startup Tools

    Songkick’s CEO Ian has initiated this pretty amazing list that can (will?) help startups find the right tools for a variety of areas and tasks. Must-bookmark. 

    The list is quite extensive already but if you there are any tools that you love missing in the list, you can request access to the wiki.

  • September 14, 2011 10:54 pm

    This is a Forbes interview with Jason and Bradford of New York City-based Fab.com

    I don’t remember exactly when and why I started following Jason’s Tumblr betashop but I’m glad that I did. At one point a few months ago, Jason started to publish unusually transparent blog posts about the early steps of Fab and it’s been more than interesting to follow the progress ever since. In this 4-minute video, Jason and Bradford talk about how they turned a social networks for gays into a super slick service offering daily design inspirations at reduced prices.

    It’s been truly inspiring to watch Fab move at such a fast pace, always focusing on the attention to detail and excellent user experience. They now have over 600,000 members with over 150,000 different units sold three months after launch. 

    If you liked this video, you’ll also like the longer version of their story in an interview with Kevin Rose. As Bryce would say, this is required watching on david-noel.com

    I sure do hope they’ll start to ship internationally soon, I’m sitting on $100 worth of credit thanks to their invite scheme. If you’d like to join Fab.com for free, here’s my personal invite link

  • August 19, 2011 12:44 pm


    Startup anthem about getting investment! It’s about our startup Cardinal which is now in beta…it makes music sharing awesome!