Working @musixmatch. Guest post by @frankiefreesbie

All  started when Max Ciociola, CEO of musiXmatch, contacted me through my personal website, writing to me: “ Frank, we have to talk!”. I thought immediately that it was about a new project as i was a freelance. But suddenly i realized it was not about that.

At the time I was in a pretty particular situation: I was in contact with a Boston based startup i was working remotely for.

They wanted me to move to the USA. America. Oh yes
After their lawyer contacted me to arrange all the Visa docs Max invited me to visit musiXmatch’s office in Bologna (fucking coincidence!)

So I packed and went for a trip to Bologna.

Arrived in Bologna, after a regenerating shower in the hotel gently offered me by musiXmatch i went in their offices  located exactly under the very famous Asinelli tower. 

I met Max, long blond hair, similar to Jaime Lannister of Game of  Thrones, dazzling smile and very happy to meet me. I was too..

I already knew Max as one of the most known people in the Italian digital space: certainly this was one of the reasons for which I accepted the invite to visit their office…

After a long talk about musiXmatch and its strategy and vision, i was told by Max “We’ll pay for a B&B or Airbnb in the while you find the right place for staying. Take your time. In the while tell me all devices you need and pls make a list of all your needs


Was amazed about their hospitality and how quickly they want me to join the company.

So i joined the company. And i’m so glad i met this amazing team.
Yes we’ve built a dream team actually and lots of amazing things are coming out and that’s so exciting for me.

So i guess you want to hear: “Stay or leave to the US?
I think moving to USA is getting pretty complicated because of all VISA issues and on a quality of life perspective being very honest Italy is not comparable with USA. 

musiXmatch is a worldwide company with traffic in more than 120 countries and has WE say on our website is “Proudly Made in Italy but enjoyed everywhere


That said..i’ve been part of musiXmatch since last 2 months and i’m excited as i’ve met the most talented team of my life, 30 people and more … highly committed on building something cool, enjoyed by 30 million people so far in the world. 

Back to the topic "Italy ? Can you make it from there?" 

My response is YES. But you have to be cool and passionate.

Like all the team i met @musixmatch.

Thanks Max!
Grazie Max


No comments yet

OpenSSL security update

Dear Friends,

On Monday April 7th, a major vulnerability called “Heartbleed” had been discovered in the technology behind Internet encryption i.e. OpenSSL.

This was immediately addressed by the OpenSSL group and the main concerned parties have already updated their infrastructure. Even though musiXmatch does not handle nor store any sensitive data, all our peers do, thus we and one of our service providers (Amazon Web Service) have upgraded and patched our infrastructure.

Our updated infrastructure can now interact safely with all the counterparts used by our applications (Twitter, Facebook and Google+).  We have not yet encountered any issue related to this vulnerability in the musiXmatch apps. However as a precautionary measure, we strongly advise you to logout of Facebook or Google+ from the musiXmatch app, restart the application and then login again using your favourite social network.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

musiXmatch Engineer team


No comments yet

Summer Intership 2013 @musiXmatch: Apply NOW !


We are offering the chance to be one of the FIRST, and one of the very FEW people who will get the opportunity to Intern at musiXmatch for our Summer Internship.

This won’t be like any others Internship, we’re talking about Italy, spend the summer in Italy, being in Bologna, just 27 min from Florence and 1 hour by Venice and 2 and half from Rome.

More than all ….just 40min from the beach. Yep.

We know you’re talented, we know you’re smart and we know you’ve got a wealth of knowledge to offer us, as we do to you, so why don’t we learn from each other?  We can’t promise there won’t be a little photocopying or a bit of toilet cleaning (we all do that, starting from our CEO), everyone has to pull their weight right? There will however, be so much more!

Read More

No comments yet